CABO SAN LUCAS Mexico (Reuters) – Hurricane Odile whipped through the popular beach resorts of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula early on Monday, uprooting trees, dumping heavy rain and forcing thousands of tourists to take cover in emergency shelters.
Winds of up to 110 miles per hour (175 km/h) buffeted shelters as one of the worst storms on record hit the luxury retreats of Los Cabos, battering Mexico’s northwest coast.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Odile had eased to a category 2 hurricane, but would likely cause life-threatening flooding and mud slides in the next few days.
The weather service said Odile was expected to slow as it pushed north-northwest along the desert peninsula and forecast the storm would steadily weaken over the next two days.
Written by Gerardo Esquerre
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