(Reuters) — The Cyclone K It weakened slightly in the Mexican Pacific on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to continue to weaken as its winds move across the Baja California peninsula, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
At 2:00 p.m. local time, the hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour (km/h), slightly lower than the morning reading, but remained a Category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. At the weekend, three people died in the south of the country after rains from Kaye killed three people before becoming a typhoon.
“Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 155 km/h and are expected to weaken,” the Miami-based NHC said.
“However, K is expected to become a major hurricane near the west-central coast of the Baja California peninsula,” it added.
Local low-cost airline Viva Aerobus canceled flights to San José del Cabo from Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Tijuana, while Aeroméxico suspended operations to the top tourist destination of Los Cabos until Thursday. Neighboring La Paz.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Cay Baja was located about 335 kilometers west-southwest of the southern tip of the California peninsula and was moving north-northwest at 20 km/h, according to NHC data.
K is expected to weaken to a tropical storm by Friday as it moves into the Pacific Ocean.