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Hurricane Jimena Strengthened to Category 4 Storm

Hurricane Jimena is forecast to make landfall within the next two days.

Hurricane Jimena, forecast to make landfall in the southern Baja California peninsula in the next two days, has strengthened and is now being classified as a category four storm, according to RMS and other sources.

On Monday morning, the storm was located approximately 245 miles south-southwest of Cabo Corrietes, Mexico and about 395 miles south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of around 145 mph , according to an RMS press release.

RMS says the storm could continue to strengthen as it moves northwest -- if it encounters increasingly favorable environmental conditions -- before weakening within the next 48 hours due to wind shear and interaction with land.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the Mexican government has issued a hurricane watch for the Baja California peninsula. The organization forecasts that the storm will be approaching the southern portion of the peninsula on Tuesday.

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