Cabo San Lucas Dodges Bullet; John Skirts Baja Coast

September 3, 2006

Hurricane John Threatens Mexican Riviera

Baja Braces for Hurricane John

(10:33 a.m.) -- Cabo San Lucas appears to have been spared by Hurricane John, as reported by the Associated Press. The storm came ashore yesterday as a Category Two hurricane early today near isolated hamlets northeast of the port city.

Some streets were flooded with ankle-deep water in Cabo, according to CNN, but high-rise hotels along the coastline showed little impact and stores reopened two hours after the hurricane made landfall. This is promising news for cruisers, as the Mexican Riviera cruising season is just around the corner; ships start calling in mid-September. However it is unclear right now how areas further inland -- and poorly constructed residences -- have been affected.

John was back to tropical storm status as of 5 a.m. Sunday, and will likely weaken further throughout the day; as John continues along the spine of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, flash floods and mudslides are possible.

We'll post additional information as appropriate. Stay tuned.

--By Melissa Baldwin, Associate Editor