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A Big One!
On August 3-4, 1997, the center of Hurricane Guillermo passed within less than 700 miles southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, and Los Cabos.
Guillermo, a "Category 5" hurricane, cranked up sustained winds exceeding 160 mph, and gusts exceeding 200 mph, the most powerful winds ever recorded in the eastern Pacific. Although skies were mostly sunny in Los Cabos, twelve-foot seas generated more than 600 miles from the storm center kept experienced Cabo skippers in port.
From Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo, the force of the storm crashed waves from the Sea of Cortez over the grounds and swimming pools of beachfront resorts. The spectacular surf chased tourists and restaurants off Cabo's most popular beaches. Some condos and homes were flooded. At least two lives were lost when rogue waves swept sightseers from normally high-and-dry rocks and beaches. There were even reports of beach peddlers and timeshare hustlers fleeing their turf!
Guillermo caused eight-foot breakers on beaches in Los Angeles, more than 1,500 miles away.
Note the distinct eye formation (the small dark spot), as the storm grows and cranks up to maximum force. The eye is about 25 miles wide.
If (when) a storm this big hits Cabo, palapas and timeshares will be blown halfway to Kansas.
A month after Guillermo, Hurricane Linda became the most powerful Pacific storm ever recorded, and brushed within 300 miles of Cabo San Lucas. Linda's 220 mph sustained winds and 270 mph gusts threatened the region for a week. Cabo was lucky to escape with only some flooding.
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