Hurricane Odile makes landfall on Mexico’s Baja

Winds blow palm trees on the beach in Los Cabos, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Hurricane Odile turned into a Category 4 hurricane and it's expected to make a close brush with the southern portion of Mexico's Baja California peninsula Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — The powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile has made landfall on the southern end of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

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The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says satellite imagery indicates Odile’s center made landfall at about 9:45 p.m. PDT Sunday near Cabo San Lucas. It said at landfall, Odile had estimated intensity of 125 mph, and an automated station near Cabo San Lucas reported a sustained wind of 89 mph with a gust to 116 mph. The storm was moving north-northwest at 17 mph.

The area where it came ashore is home to gleaming megaresorts, tiny fishing communities and low-lying neighborhoods of flimsy homes. Forecasters predicted a dangerous storm surge with large waves and drenching rains capable of causing landslides and flash floods.

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