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Hurricane John causes Los Cabos port closure

Los Cabos, Baja California — Two systems in the Pacific have seen port authorities in Los Cabos close waters to smaller vessels.

Hurricane John, which is now a Category 2 storm, has absorbed tropical storm Ileana, the same storm that left four dead in the state of Guerrero Monday. The hurricane is expected to pass the Pacific coast, generating large waves.

The National Water Commission says that local port authorities decided to suspend navigation and all water activities in that region as a preventive measure, since hree to five meter waves are expected as John passes.

Head of Civil Protection of the state, Carlos Godínez León, pointed out that although John is located about 470 kilometers south of Cabo San Lucas, the storm is expected to maintain its displacement parallel to the peninsula of Baja California.

Red and black warning flags have been placed on certain beaches of the Cabeño municipality due to the dragging currents that could arise. He said that due to the conditions, rains will likely cause havoc on the roads as well.

For the mountain areas, 35 to 60 millimeters of rain is forecast, he added.

“No matter how small the precipitation, there are always risks and therefore preventive measures are being taken,” he said.