[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/weather/09/01/hurricane.jimena/art.jimena.satellite.jpg caption="A NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Jimena off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, on Tuesday morning."]
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/weather/09/01/hurricane.jimena/art.jimena.earth.mover.jpg.jpg caption="Heavy equipment moves beach sand to form a barrier on Tuesday in Puerto San Carlos, Mexico, on the Baja Peninsula."]
A "dangerous" Hurricane Jimena bore down Tuesday on the Mexican peninsula of Baja California, with the resort town of Cabo San Lucas lying in its path. Meanwhile, a new tropical storm was forming in the Atlantic Ocean.
Jimena's maximum wind speed dropped from 145 mph to 135 mph, but it still remained a Category 4 storm, according to the U.S. National Weather Service's 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET) update.
"Some fluctuations in strength are likely today and gradual weakening is forecast on Wednesday," the weather service said. "However, Jimena is expected to remain a major hurricane until landfall."
Also on Tuesday, Tropical Storm Erika formed in the Atlantic, 390 miles east of the Leeward Islands, the National Hurricane Center said.
Jimena's storm center is forecast to come ashore on Thursday morning, but the weather service warned that "because it will be moving parallel to the coastline, any slight change in direction could have a huge impact in the location and timing of landfall."
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