Major Hurricane Odile expected to affect southern Baja California

posted Sep 14, 2014, 2:29 PM by Tom Kachelman   [ updated Sep 14, 2014, 2:33 PM ]
Hurricane Warnings are flying for Mexicos Baja Peninsula as dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Odile approaches. Odile put on an impressive burst of rapid intensification
At 14:00hr PDT the center of the eye of major Hurricane Odile was located by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft about 225 km - 140 mi SSE of the southern tip of Baja California. Odile is moving toward the north-northwest near 24 km/h - 15 mph and this general motion is expected during the next day or two.
On the forecast track the core of Odile will pass near or over the southern portion of Baja California Sur tonight and Monday.
Reports from the reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 205 km/h - 125 mph with higher gusts. Odile is a strong category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.
Some slight strengthening is possible overnight and Odile could become a category four hurricane again before it approaches southern Baja California sur.
All preparedness actions to protect life and property should be rushed to completion

Gradual weakening is forecast to begin by Monday night and continue into Tuesday.
Odile is a large hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 85 km - 50 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 295 km - 185 miles.
At 200 PM PDT 2100 UTC the center of the eye of major Hurricane Odile was located by an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft near latitude 21.1 north - longitude 108.9 west