Atlantic, Pacific storms take aim for weekend landfalls

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Ernesto, the tropical storm that faded briefly to a tropical depression after it exited Florida, reinvented itself with 70 mph winds as it moved toward the Carolinas on Aug. 31, prompting the National Hurricane Center to post hurricane watches along the coast where storm surges and flooding were feared.

Officials also warned that the storm could reach Category 1-status before making its expected landfall near the North and South Carolina border.

In addition, NHC officials said that the storm could bring interior flooding to Virginia and other areas of the mid-Atlantic region throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile in Mexico, Hurricane John, a Category 2 storm, swirled up the Pacific coast, threatening resort areas in its path.

On Aug. 31, John packed winds of about 105 mph as it took aim at the tip of the Baja California peninsula where the resort towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are located.

NHC forecasters warned of flash floods and mudslides along the coast and some interior portions of Mexico.

In Puerto Vallarta, boat tours of the Bay of Banderas were cancelled.

Further south, Hurricane Kristy, a Category 1 storm with winds around 75 mph was traveling in close proximity to John and forecasters predicted it could eventually be swallowed up by the larger storm later in the weekend.

Elsewhere, Super Typhoon Ioke, which had been meandering in the central Pacific since mid-August and reached Category 5-status, swept over Wake Island, causing unknown damage.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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