Direct Hit: Hurricane Makes Landfall in Mexico's Baja Peninsula

Millions in the path of destruction are forced into emergency shelters.
2:54 | 09/15/14

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that huge hurricane smashing ashore. And tonight, millions of Americans on alert as this storm now barrels across this country. Spawning monster waves, it was a direct hit on that popular resort town, Cabo. A category 3. Americans trapped there. It flipped this van. Boats capsized, as well. While inside, so many tourists huddled in stairwells. One man, right there on the lowers left, 408ding his head in his hands. Tonight, the new concern is right here in the U.S. The southwest, now bracing for gusting winds and flooding. It is coming and ABC's senior meteorologist rob Marciano leading us off. Reporter: Hurricane odile barrels into Cabo San Lucas with winds up to 125 miles per hour. Life-threatening wind and rain. Many American tourists were stranded. Mandy Meyer and her husband rode out the storm last night in their hotel. Car completely flipped over. Cars look like they were probably bumper cars during the worst of the storm. You can see behind me -- Reporter: Today, she spoked us the destruction. Yesterday, this was full of people watching NFL games before the storm hit. Reporter: Even the tops of palm trees were shredded. Just stripped of all their leaves. Here's some of the damage. Reporter: Rick rash is on his honeymoon. He and his wife spent the night in a shelter at the resort. It wasn't the greatest way to spend our last night of our honeymoon. The storms were intense outside. You could hear the wind roaring. You could hear stuff knocking into the doors. Reporter: Odile is the strongest hurricane on record to hit baja California. Its force evident everywhere. Especially outside the fortified resorts. Emergency shelters were set up to hold up to 30,000 people. Residents returning to their homes in Cabo San Lucas found little left. "When we arrived, everything was destroyed," this woman said. Power lines and poles litter the streets. Roofs torn off houses. Many homes completely flattened. And though the storm has quick little moved north, cleanup and rebuilding the baja will take a long, long time. Just incredible destruction and rob, where is this thing headed tonight? Reporter: For the second time in two weeks, another hurricane, or the leftovers, headed to Arizona and New Mexico. It's about midway up the baja of California right now. It will continue to weaken, but the moisture will get to Arizona, flash flood watcheses have been posted for Arizona and New Mexico, even California. At least the eastern parts of it tonight. Two to four inches of rainfall possible. Will he get enough to help the fires in California? Probably not. The heat's going to continue to bake that area tomorrow. 95 degrees, the expected high. We'll see the heat continue for the next couple of dales. Gusty winds, as well. This rain like little not going to help the fire situation there and the heat certainly not helping, either. Rob, thank you for leading us

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