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After battering tourist towns at the tip of Baja California, Hurricane Nora swirled today toward landfall along the central peninsula.

Mexican authorities declared a hurricane watch for a 350-mile swath of Baja.

The hurricane, well at sea, veered past Cabo San Lucas at the base of the peninsula early today, but the damage from the storm's outer squalls boded badly for those in its path. It had sustained winds of 85 mph.

The U.S. Hurricane Center warned that the storm, which would probably be weakened by crossing the peninsula, likely would dump heavy rains later in the week on the southwestern United States.

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