Aug. 31 (UPI) — The National Hurricane Center said it expects Tropical Storm Lidia to make landfall on the Baja California Peninsula Thursday evening.
In its noon MDT advisory, the NHC said the eye of the storm was located in the Pacific Ocean about 25 miles south of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and was expected to make landfall over “the next few hours.”
The storm was traveling north-northwest at 9 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.
The government of Mexico issued a hurricane watch for Baja California Sur from Puerto Cortes to east of La Paz.
There also was a tropical storm warning for Baja California Peninsula from Punta Abreojos to Mulege and on mainland Mexico from Bahia Tempehuaya to Bahia Kino. There was a tropical storm watch for the peninsula north of Punta Abreojos to Punta Eugenia and north of Mulege to Bahia de los Angeles, and on mainland Mexico north of Bahia Lino to Puerto Libertad.
The NHC said the storm was expected to travel in a north-northwest direction through Friday before turning northwest Friday night. The center of the storm is expected to pass over the peninsula through Friday night.
The NHC warned Lidia could produce between 8 inches and 20 inches of rain across Baja California Sur, Baja California and western Jalisco states. Three inches to 6 inches were expected in the states of Sinaloa, Nayarit, Colima, southern Michoacan, southern Sonora and central Jalisco.
Lidia is expected to weaken to a tropical depression Sunday morning as it moves west off the coast.