Hurricane Odile makes landfall in Mexico

An approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red). Source: NOAA

An approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red).
Source: NOAA, National Hurricane Centre

Tropical hurricane Odile has hit the Los Cabos resort in western Mexico. The category three hurricane made landfall on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Maximum sustained wind speeds are up to 185 km per hour (115 miles per hour) with higher wind gusts. The centre of the storm is currently moving to the NNW at a speed of 16 miles per hour.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns that Odile is a large hurricane with hurricane force winds extending outward up to 85 km (50 miles) from the centre. Tropical storm force winds are expected to extend outward up to 295 km (185 miles).

The hurricane is expected to continue heading NNW up the Baja California Peninsula over the next few days with steady weakening energy.

Hazards:

Wind – Hurricane conditions will continue to spread northward through tonight.

Storm surge – A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding.  Near the coast the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

Rainfall – Odile is expected to produce rainfalls of 15-31 centimetres across much of the Baja California Peninsula through to Friday. These are likely to result in flash floods and mud slides.

Infrared image of hurricane Odile in its current location. Source: Odile

Infrared image of hurricane Odile in its current location.
Source: NOAA

More information:

[1] Keep up to date with warnings and the status of Odile on the NOAA website:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPEP5+shtml/141135.shtml
[2] http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_ep5.shtml?5-daynl#contents

 

 

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