Hurricane Norbert

Hurricane Norbert strengthens to Category 3 storm

Waves caused by the approaching Hurricane Gustav hit the sea front of Havana's 'Malecon' , Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008. Gustav swelled to a fearsome Category 3 hurricane with winds of 120 mph (195 kph) as it shrieked toward the heartland of Cuba's cigar industry Saturday on a track to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast, three years after Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco/Prensa Latina)

As Norbert bore down on Mexico's southern Baja California peninsula, it gathered strength overnight and was classified as a Category 3 hurricane early Saturday. Officials from the National Hurricane Center in Miami say Norbert became better organized and has re-strengthened with winds of 115 mph (185 kph).

The center says Norbert could even strengthen a little more before making landfall along the southwestern coast of Baja California later Saturday morning. It also is expected to retain hurricane strength on its second landfall along the northwestern coast of mainland Mexico Saturday evening. As of 5 a.m. EDT, the hurricane's center was located about 90 miles (145km) south of Cabo San Lazaro.


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