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Odile Threatens US-Mexico Border With Flooding, Mudslides

Odile Threatens US-Mexico Border With Flooding, Mudslides
Tropical storm Odile is shown in this NASA satellite image over Baja California. (NASA/Reuters/Landov)

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 04:25 PM

Odile threatened to spark floods and mudslides on the US-Mexico border Wednesday after devastating beach resorts and stranding thousands of tourists in the Baja California peninsula.

The storm thrashed the Mexican coast as a powerful category three hurricane on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale late Sunday and Monday, flooding hotels and flattening homes, though no deaths were reported.

After churning over the narrow Gulf of California as a tropical storm on Wednesday, Odile was downgraded to tropical depression over the state of Sonora, with winds of 35 miles per hour, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

The center warned that Sonora and the US southwestern border states of New Mexico and Arizona would likely be hit by life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

As Odile made its way north, Mexican authorities continued to airlift tourists who were marooned in Los Cabos.

Around 5,000 tourists have been flown out of Baja's Los Cabos and La Paz airports since Tuesday, a tourism ministry spokesman told AFP.

The spokesman said it would take another 48 hours to move 25,000 tourists who were still stranded after their hotels were wrecked by the hurricane.

Classes were suspended in Sonora and some 60 people were evacuated from a fishing village.

More trouble beckoned for Mexico as Tropical Storm Polo swirled off the southwestern coast and was expected to become a hurricane late Wednesday or early Thursday, the US forecasters said.

The storm's outer rain bands were soaking the coast, which was devastated by a deadly hurricane last year.

Polo was packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers (60 miles) per hour as it moved parallel to the coast, some 245 kilometers (155 miles) southwest of the resort town of Zihuatanejo, the Miami-based hurricane center said.

 

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Odile threatened to spark floods and mudslides on the US-Mexico border Wednesday after devastating beach resorts and stranding thousands of tourists in the Baja California peninsula.
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2014-25-17
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 04:25 PM
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