WATCH: A powerful Hurricane closed in on the resort area of Los Cabos as Mexican authorities evacuated vulnerable coastal areas
TORONTO – A hurricane warning is in effect for parts of Baja California as Hurricane Odile made landfall Sunday.
The Category 2 hurricane is producing maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h with stronger gusts. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting some weakening of Odile as it continues its northwestward track, moving at 22 km/h.
However, as it continues to move along Baja California, tropical storm conditions will continue to affect northern parts of the peninsula as well as parts of northern mainland Mexico.
Luis Felipe Puente, the national coordinator of civil protection in Mexico said that 30,000 tourists are in shelters.
Odile reached Cateogry 4 strength on Sunday, but gradually weakened later in the day.
The storm is producing dangerous storm surge conditions along the coast as well as rainfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches with higher accumulations in localized areas. Flash floods and mudslides are a possibility.
This is the tenth hurricane of the Pacific hurricane season which has seen six major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) so far.
–with files from The Associated Press