Hurricane Jimena has weakened slightly as it approaches the southwestern area of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula but remains an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said on its latest report.

Jimena has reached maximum sustained winds of nearly 135 miles per hour (215 km/hr). It's center was located about 240 miles southeast of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico and was expected to approach the southern part of the Peninsula later Tuesday or Tuesday night, the NHC said in a report at 2:00 p.m. EST. It is forecasted to approach the central Baja California Peninsula by Thursday, according to the report.

There will be extensive wind damage along the southwest coast of Baja tonight and tomorrow and with the slowing of forward speed tomorrow and Thursday, there will be devastating flash flooding and mudslides over southern and central Baja, said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a hurricane warning is in effect in the southern areas. The airport in the capital city, La Paz will close starting from 4:00 p.m. local time (PST) while the airport of San Jose del Cabo closed Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. PST. 


Hurricane Jimena's Coastal Watches/Warnings and 3-Day Track Forecast Cone on Sept 1. (Image: National Hurricane Center)