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Hurricane Nora was the fourteenth named tropical cyclone and seventh hurricane o

f the 1997 Pacific hurricane season, and only the third tropical storm on record
to reach Arizona. Forming on September 16 off the Pacific coast of Mexico, the
storm was aided by waters warmed by El Nio, and eventually peaked at Category 4 i
ntensity on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. It made its first landfall as a
hurricane in central Baja California; later the same day, it became one of the f
ew hurricanes to make a landfall in northern Baja. The storm was blamed for two
direct casualties in Mexico, as well as substantial beach erosion on the Mexican
coast and flash flooding in Baja. Although Nora weakened quickly after landfall
, its remnants lashed the Southwestern United States with tropical-storm-force w
inds, torrential rain, and flooding. Arizona received record precipitation. The
remnants persisted far inland, dissipating near the Arizona Nevada border, althoug
h near-hurricane-force winds were observed as far north as Cedar City, Utah.