2 Sep 2009

Storm nears Baja California peninsula

8:43 am on 2 September 2009

The Baja California peninsula in Mexico is on alert as Hurricane Jimena nears, bringing winds of 250km per hour.

According to the US National Hurricane Centre, the storm is just below the maximum Category five strength.

Residents have been boarding up their homes and schools are closed.

Emergency officials are urging people to leave the areas most at risk from the storm.