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CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's Baja Peninsula has taken a pounding from Hurricane Odile (oh-DEEL'). At luxury resorts, the facades have been ripped away, and countless car and hotel windows have been shattered. Some of the hotel lobbies were left swamped and full of debris.
Across the region, people hunkered inside overnight to ride out the storm. In one hotel, guests moved from a makeshift shelter into crowded basement storage areas after the boarded-up windows failed.
The storm made landfall last night near Cabo San Lucas as a powerful Category 3 hurricane. Its top winds were near 110 miles an hour as it moved over the peninsula. The storm brought down trees, power poles and road signs along a main highway, which at one point was swamped by rushing floodwaters.
Homes and businesses along the highway were heavily damaged, many reduced to shells. The walls of an OfficeMax collapsed into the parking lot. A convenience store was ripped apart, the contents of its shelves dumped to the ground.
APPHOTO VC103: A family from San Jose, California, cover themselves with pillows as they sit on the concrete stairs in the service area of a resort after the designated area for shelter was destroyed by winds in Los Cabos, Mexico, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Hurricane Odile raked the Baja California Peninsula with strong winds and heavy rains early Monday as locals and tourists in the resort area of Los Cabos began to emerge from shelters and assess the damage. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) (15 Sep 2014)
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APPHOTO VC115: A woman talks on the phone next to a destroyed convenience store trashed by Hurricane Odile in Los Cabos, Mexico, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. The storm, which made landfall near Cabo San Lucas the previous night as a powerful Category 3 hurricane, toppled trees, power poles and road signs along the main highway, which at one point was swamped by rushing floodwaters. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) (15 Sep 2014)
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