September 15, 2014                                

The Situation

Hurricane Odile makes Landfall in Mexico


Hurricane Odile made landfall at the southernmost tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula late Sunday night as a strong Category 3 hurricane. Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, Odile had an estimated intensity of 125 mph, and an automated station near Cabo San Lucas reported a sustained wind of 89 mph with a gust to 116 mph. At least 22 airline flights were canceled. Some tourists camped out at the Los Cabos international airport hoping to get out before the storm, but the facility shut down all air operations late in the afternoon. Odile is expected to bring major flooding and large and destructive waves to Mexico's Pacific Coast. Heavy rainfall could also cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Review contingency plans and prepare for transport problems and power outages throughout the potentially affected areas. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving in the region, especially through the mountains, where landslides are more likely. Use caution around watercourses and areas that are prone to flash flooding and landslides. Charge battery-powered devices and stockpile bottled water and nonperishable food in case prolonged electricity outages occur. Confirm flights and shipping arrangements.

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