In Pictures: Mexico on severe weather alert

Less than a week after the category three storm hit Baja California, Tropical Storm Polo narrowly misses the peninsula.

| | Weather, Latin America, Tropical Storm, Mexico, Natural disasters

Residents of Baja California breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday, as Tropical Storm Polo turned west, away from the state.

At its closest point, the storm was centred about 145 kilometres south of Cado San Lucas, which is situated on the southern tip of the peninsula.

Polo churned up waves along the shore, and delivered more rain on the region which is still trying to recover from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Odile.

Although the centre of the latest storm will miss the peninsula, there is still the risk that the outer fringes could generate flash floods and mudslides.

Tropical Storm Polo approached Baja California just six days after it was hit by Odile, a Category 3 hurricane.

This powerful storm knocked out power and water supplies to Cabo San Lucas and the nearby city of San Jose del Cabo.

The hurricane ripped down 2,500 electricity poles and even transmission towers, which are designed to withstand major wind damage.

Almost a week after Odile, many residents are still without power.

Thousands of tourists have been airlifted from Baja's Los Cabos and La Paz airports.

In the aftermath of the storm, there has been extensive looting and the government has deployed 8,000 troops and federal police to reinforce security.

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