MEXICO CITY: Lorena made landfall Friday (Sep 20) as a Category 1 hurricane, lashing the turquoise waters of popular beach destination Los Cabos on Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
"The eye of Hurricane Lorena is now passing over the coast of Los Cabos," Mexico's hurricane monitor, CONAGUA, wrote on Twitter.
The hurricane, which has been churning up the Pacific coast, first made landfall Thursday in west-central Mexico, then was briefly downgraded to a tropical storm before moving back over the water and regaining strength.
According to CONAGUA, Lorena was packing sustained winds of 140kmh as it battered Los Cabos, making it a Category One hurricane on the scale of one to five.
After moving slowly northwest throughout the morning, it ground to a halt 70km from the beach town of Cabo San Lucas, dumping torrential rain on the area.
The US National Hurricane Center said the storm was expected to pour up to 20cm of rain on the region, which "may result in flash flooding."
It warned that the storm's trajectory was "highly uncertain."
"Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours if Lorena moves inland. If the hurricane moves o