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Hurricane Odile lashes western Mexico coast

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Hurricane Odile lashes western Mexico coast


Residents on the western coast of Mexico have narrowly escaped the worst of Hurricane Odile, which was downgraded as it made landfall on Sunday.

Gusty winds still whipped palm trees and strong waves lashed the resort area of Los Cabos at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.

The 1,200 kilometre-long strip of land separates the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California from mainland Mexico.

As local residents protected windows from the force of the winds, many headed for temporary shelters while tourists stayed in their hotels.

Forecasters still described Odile as “dangerous” and warned it could strengthen again.

Some US 800 marines were on standby and officials readied heavy equipment to help out in areas where mudslides could occur.

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