The Associated Press
Published Thursday, August 31, 2017 7:08AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 31, 2017 11:56AM EDT
MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Lidia bore down on the Los Cabos resorts at tip of Baja California Peninsula Thursday, while spreading rains over a broad swath of Mexico.
Mexican authorities warned residents of the lower Baja to prepare for high winds, heavy rain and a dangerous storm surge.
Heavy rain also was reported falling on southwestern Mexico and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Lidia could produce total accumulations of as much as 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimetres) across much of Baja California Sur state and western Jalisco state on the mainland, threatening flash floods and landslides.
Lidia had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) Thursday morning and some strengthening was possible before landfall. Its centre was about 90 miles (145 kilometres) south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas and it was heading north-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph).
Far out over the Atlantic, meanwhile, Hurricane Irma formed along a course that could bring it near the eastern Caribbean Sea by early next week. Its maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph (155 kph), but it posed no immediate threat to land.
Irma was moving west-northwest near 10 mph (17 kph). The general motion is forecast through early Friday.
Irma is forecast to become a major hurricane by Thursday night and is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days.
No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.