The powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile has made landfall on the southern end of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says satellite imagery indicates Odile’s center made landfall at about 9:45 p.m. PDT near Cabo San Lucas. It said at landfall, Odile had estimated intensity of 125 mph (205 kph), and an automated station near Cabo San Lucas reported a sustained wind of 89 mph (144 kph) with a gust to 116 mph (187 kph). The storm was moving north-northwest at 17 mph (28 kph).
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.