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Baja California sees flooding

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 27, 2001

Hurricane Juliette weakened to a tropical storm but not before causing heavy flooding in southern Baja California and killing three people.

Hardest hit was the resort city of Cabo San Lucas, home to some 25,000 people.

The storm flattened wooden shacks and ripped off the aluminum roofs of residents who live outside resort areas, and about 800 people had to be evacuated by wading through knee-deep water.

The resort was hosting less than the usual number of tourists because of the dip in travel following the Sept. 11 attacks.

Over the weekend, wind and heavy rain kept pelting the peninsula as the storm stalled. Juliette could dump as much as 10 inches of rain over central and southern Baja California, bringing more threats of flooding and mudslides, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

As a hurricane, Juliette packed winds of 105 mph and brought heavy rain to the southwestern Mexican state of Michoacan, where more than 200 homes were flooded.

The Mexican army sent rescue aircraft and vehicles, and the government also called out medical teams and began to ship emergency supplies to the region.

Fred Toland, a field consultant for the United Methodist Committee on Relief who tracks hurricanes in the Atlantic, pointed out that, with attention turned to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it is difficult to focus on needs elsewhere in the world. "As we concentrate our prayers on the New York and DC areas let's not forget that other areas that have experienced natural disasters are still having to deal with lots of misery and heartache. They continue to need our prayers and continued support," he said.

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