Hurricane Odile feared to cause damages to buildings & power in Baja California
Several flights in and out of Los Cabos International Airport were canceled yesterday after Mexico declared a red alert as major Hurricane Odile pushed down on the coastline.
The red alert was issued for Baja California Sur, including the Cabo San Lucas resort area, as the category-3 storm was threatening to bring dangerous winds, heavy rains and floods.
The advisory stated, "A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding. The surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves."
The U. S. National Hurricane Center said that Odile had top winds of 125 miles per hour (mph) and was just 30 miles southeast of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula at 10 p. m. Mexico City time on 14th of September.
Steve Wistar, a weather expert at AccuWeather Inc. from State College of Pennsylvania, warned that the hurricane was at a nearly perfect path to slam Cabo San Lucas. Wistar added that the surge might reach as high as 6-10 feet, and waves would pound in on top of that.
Odile has been named as a category-3 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale. Storms of this category are strong enough to cause damages to buildings and power lines. Uprooting of trees can block roads, while potential damages to power lines can cause massive outages.
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