Hurricane Odile Pounds Baja California

Luke 21:25,26 NLT “And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken.”

A hurricane that rapidly gained strength before making landfall is pounding Mexico’s Baja California.

Residents and tourists have been taking shelter and hotels have opened conference rooms so people can find a safe place to ride out the storm.  Hurricane Odile made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane although it weakened to Category 3 shortly after landfall.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm made landfall around 9:45 p.m. near Cabo San Lucas with estimated sustained winds of 125 m.p.h.  Mexican authorities had forced evacuations of coastal areas.

Forecasters with the NHC say that 5 to 10 inches of rain is likely over the region during the course of the storm with isolated areas receiving as much as 15 inches.  Flooding is likely to cause significant damage as most of the region is very mountainous and landslides will mix with floodwaters.

At least 30,000 people are out of their homes.  Most of the region has no electricity or clean drinking water.

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