MEXICO CITY (NewsNation) – Hurricane Genevieve grew rapidly into a highly dangerous Category 4 storm on Tuesday, threatening to bring tropical storm force winds to parts of the Baja California Peninsula, even if its center wasn’t likely to hit land.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph early Tuesday and it was centered about 390 miles south-southeast of the southern tip of the Baja peninsula. It was moving to the northwest at 16 mph.
A tropical storm warning was in effect for the peninsula from Los Barriles to Todos Santos.
The Hurricane Center said Genevieve’s center was expected to move parallel to but offshore the coast, but close enough to bring powerful winds and high surf by Wednesday night or Thursday.
The center also warned of large swells produced by the storm that are affecting parts of the coast of southern Mexico. The swells are expected to “spread northward along the coast of Mexico to the Baja California peninsula by Wednesday,” according to the center.
“These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the center said in a statement posted on Facebook.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.