Hurricane drenches Baja

Hurricane Ignacio drenched Baja California Monday, also battering many areas with 90 mph winds.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | August 26, 2003

Hurricane Ignacio hit the coast of Baja California Monday with 90 mph winds.

Emergency officials there closed ports and evacuated some 3,000 people, but most people had returned to their homes and began to survey damages by Tuesday morning.

The fishing port of La Paz bore the brunt of the damages before the storm began to weaken. It could bring rain to the southwestern U.S., forecasters said.

The storm, the first hurricane to form in the Pacific this season, churned into the Gulf of California Sunday evening and early Monday as it moved north.

Some 6,000 people were evacuated in La Paz, according to reports from the governor of California Sur State. La Paz is 50 miles north of Cabo San Lucas.

Hurricane-force winds extended 25 miles from storm's center, with tropical storm-force winds extending 85 miles.

The hurricane formed rapidly early Sunday morning.

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