Hurricane Odile roars ashore in Baja California

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(CNN) — Hurricane Odile made landfall at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula late Sunday, slamming the popular tourist destination with powerful winds and heavy rains.

The category 3 storm rolled ashore near Cabo San Lucas with 125 mph winds at around 9:45 p.m. Pacific (12:45 a.m. Eastern), the National Hurricane Center said in a bulletin.

The storm is moving to the north-northwest, and hurricane warnings are in effect up to Punta Abreojos on the east coast of the Baja peninsula.

A dangerous storm surge is expected to bring major flooding and “large and destructive waves” to Mexico’s Pacific Coast, the center said. Heavy rainfall could also cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, forecasters said.

Ports and beaches have been closed, and school classes and celebrations for Mexico’s Independence Day were canceled in Mexico’s Baja California Sur state. Mexican Independence Day is Tuesday, September 16.

After forecasters downgraded the storm to a Category 3 Sunday afternoon, Baja California Sur Gov. Marcos Covarrubias said authorities would remain vigilant.

“It is time to evacuate high-risk areas to guarantee well-being. We reiterate that even though it is not raining it is essential to safeguard life,” Covarrubias said in a Facebook post. “The most important thing is not to expose ourselves.”

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