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Hurricane Lashes Tip of Mexico

September 7, 1999

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) _ Hurricane Greg lashed the tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula today, forcing hundreds of people to flee flooded homes and paralyzing the area’s sports fishing center.

Heavy rains associated with Greg also flooded low-lying areas in the mainland states of Colima, Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit and Sinaloa.

More than 1,000 people spent the night in shelters here and in San Jose del Cabo, but many returned to their homes early this morning when the rain eased temporarily, although rescue agencies warned the danger was not over.

At around 8 a.m. EDT, Greg’s center was located 35 miles south of Cabo San Lucas and moving toward the northwest at about 6 mph. Maximum sustained winds were just above hurricane level at 75 mph, and hurricane-force and tropical storm-force winds extended outward 85 miles from the center.

Greg’s center was due to brush past the tip of the peninsula later in the day.

``People think we are kidding, but there is still danger,″ state civil protection volunteer Heriberto Murua said at one of the shelters.

Nelly Avila Abarca, 32, a housewife who spent the night at a shelter in a grammar school with her three small children, was one of the few who decided to stay. ``For me, I’m not worried. But I’m staying for the little ones.″ A total of 117 people spent the night at the school, but only 11 remained today.

In Jalisco state, around 400 people spent the night in shelters in the coast town of Tomatlan, 400 miles southwest of Mexico City, and another 450 from two towns about 55 miles farther south.

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