Hurricane Odile Grows Off Pacific Coast

Storm’s increasing power threatens Mexico and Southwest States.
2:13 | 09/15/14

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storm making landfall, slamming the hugely popular Mexican resort area of Cabo San Lucas. Dropping up to 18 inches of rain. Rob Marciano is tracking the huge storm, in for ginger this morning. Good morning, rob. Good morning. A distinct eye as it slams the baja peninsula. This is the strongest hurricane to make landfall anywhere and the strongest on the baja. Last night, Cabo took a direct hit. Overnight, hurricane odile making landfall on Mexico's baja peninsula. Waves battering the resort town of los Cabos. Category 3 storm blowing out walls of windows in this hotel. Spanning 600 miles across. Hurricane-force winds extend 50 miles from the center. Churning up deadly surf. Mexican authorities setting up emergency shemters to hold up to 30,000 people, many of them American tourists. I thought, is part of the building falling off? The vibration was intense on the building. It felt like earthquakes. Reporter: Two of those tourists, Christina and Nate from France were celebrating Nate's 40th birthday when they had to take shelter in the Hilton hotel bathroom. We could feel the air pressure change. And knew something was going to happen. Reporter: A number of Americans tried to get out before the storm hit. Only to find there were no outgoing flights. We booked a he tell room so we could be at the airport anytime there might be a flight going. This is still a category 3 storm. Still winds of 115 miles an hour. Here's the forecast track. It will diminish in intensity. Arizona in the forecast cone. I can't remember when the last time was that happened. They'll get tropical moisture. Arizona and New Mexico have seen more impact on hurricanes than Florida or the Carolinas this year. Astonishing.

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