Preparations as Hurricane Odile moves towards resort area, grows in strength


Preparations as Hurricane Odile moves towards resort area, grows in strength
    Hurricane Odile in the Eastern Pacific has strengthened into a Category 4 storm and was heading towards the resort area of Los Cabos on Sunday, prompting authorities to evacuate vulnerable coastal areas and prepare shelters for up to 30,000 people. 
    In Los Cabos, skies clouded over as gusty winds whipped palm trees and waves pounded the rocky coastline. 
    Black flags were visible, signalling that beaches were closed. 
    Hotel employees kept guests updated on the situation and reassured them saying they were taking the necessary precautions. 
    David Korenfeld, director of Mexico's National Water Commission, told reporters on Sunday that although the shore had not yet been directly hit, the conditions in the area were those of a hurricane. 
    Luis Felipe Puente, Mexico's Federal Department for Civil Protection Coordinator, added that he department was "asking tourists who stayed in the Los Cabos area to stay in the hotels and shelters that have been set up by the civil protection (department)."
    According to the U.S. National Hurricane Centre in Miami, Odile was likely to pass near or directly over the southern end of the Baja California Peninsula on Sunday night.
    The Centre also reported that Odile's wind speeds reached 135 miles per hour (215 kilometres per hour), and that it was moving towards the northwest at 15 miles per hour (24 kilometres per hour). 
    
    
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