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The ravages of Hurricane Odile in Baja California Sur

Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula. The area is home to gleaming megaresorts, tiny fishing communities and low-lying neighborhoods of flimsy homes. Forecasters predicted a dangerous storm surge with large waves as well as drenching rains capable of causing landslides and flash floods. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said satellite imagery indicates Odile's center made landfall Sunday night 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.

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