Hurricane Odile intensifies off Mexico's Pacific coast

Written By kom nampultig on Minggu, 14 September 2014 | 08.20

MEXICO CITY: A rapidly strengthening Hurricane Odile intensified into a strong storm on Saturday night and appeared headed for a possible close brush with the southern end of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Odile's maximum sustained winds had increased to 110 (175 kph) by Saturday night, just below a Category 3 hurricane. The storm's centre was about 410 miles (660 kilometres) south-southeast of the southern tip of Baja California and moving faster to the north-northwest, at 12 mph (19 kph).

Mexican officials posted a hurricane warning from Los Cabos at the peninsula's tip northward along the west coast to Cabo San Lazaro and the east coast to La Paz. High winds and dangerous surf were expected along the shore beginning Sunday, and heavy rains were possible for Baja and nearby mainland areas.

Center forecasters said Odile was likely to become a major hurricane overnight. They said its core would remain well out at sea into Sunday, then pass near or over the southern end of Baja California on Sunday night and Monday.

Far out in the eastern Atlantic, Tropical Storm Edouard also gained strength and the U.S. centre said it could become a hurricane on Sunday although it is expected to remain at sea and pose no threat to land.

The centre said Edouard had sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) late Saturday. It was centred 1,010 miles (1,620 kilometres) east of the northern Leeward Islands and moving northwest at 14 mph (22 kph).'s Pacific Coast,Hurricane Odile,Category 3 hurricane

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