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Sep 2, 2009 2:34 PM by Associated Press

Resort communities suffer little damage

A weakening Hurricane Jimena is pounding the middle of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula after brushing the resort area farther south. The peninsula's biggest resort, Los Cabos, is dealing with some power outages and roads choked with mud, but appears to have escaped major damage.

The region saw driving rain and rough surf, but there are no reports of injuries in Los Cabos, where several thousand people spent the night in shelters. Schools, businesses
and many ports were closed.

One Mexican official says he's still worried about the damage Jimena could do as it moves north, but says it could also help the area's drought. Winds from the storm have fallen to about 100 miles per hour. Forecasters say the hurricane's center will pass near the west coast of the southern Baja Peninsula today and near or over central Baja tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Erika is headed for the Leeward Islands, with top winds of 40 miles per hour.

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