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Hurricane Genevieve loses strength off Mexico

MEXICO CITY: Hurricane Genevieve weakened Wednesday to a Category 1 storm off Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, US forecasters said, after bringing rain and high waves to the country’s northwest coast.

On Tuesday two people, including a lifeguard, drowned in the resort of Los Cabos after a teenager ignored warning flags and was swept away, Mexican authorities said.

The storm, which turned into a Category 4 on Tuesday, was expected to skirt Baja California without making landfall, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.

Genevieve’s maximum sustained winds had eased to 150 kilometers (90 miles) per hour, it said, downgrading it to the weakest of five categories on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

But strong winds, heavy rains and “life-threatening flooding” were still a danger, the center warned.

The storm, located about 170 kilometers from Baja California’s southern tip, was expected to pass just west of the peninsula while gradually weakening, it said.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.