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Rapidly strengthening Hurricane Odile heads for brush with Mexico's Baja California peninsula

  • This satellite image provided by NOAA shows category four Hurricane Odile taken at 5:45 a.m. EDT Sunday Sept. 14, 2014. The rapidly strengthening Hurricane Odile intensified Saturday night and appeared headed for a possible close brush with the southern end of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. At 5 a.m. EDT Odile had maximum sustained winds of 135 mph and was moving north-northwest at 15 mph. (AP Photo/NOAA)

    This satellite image provided by NOAA shows category four Hurricane Odile taken at 5:45 a.m. EDT Sunday Sept. 14, 2014. The rapidly strengthening Hurricane Odile intensified Saturday night and appeared headed for a possible close brush with the southern end of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. At 5 a.m. EDT Odile had maximum sustained winds of 135 mph and was moving north-northwest at 15 mph. (AP Photo/NOAA)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tourists watch the ocean from inside a swimming pool at a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico,  Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Hurricane Odile turned into a Category 4 hurricane and it's expected to make a close brush with the southern portion of Mexico's Baja California peninsula Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    Tourists watch the ocean from inside a swimming pool at a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Hurricane Odile turned into a Category 4 hurricane and it's expected to make a close brush with the southern portion of Mexico's Baja California peninsula Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tourists watch the ocean from inside a swimming pool at a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico,  Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Hurricane Odile turned into a Category 4 hurricane and it's expected to make a close brush with the southern portion of Mexico's Baja California peninsula Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

    Tourists watch the ocean from inside a swimming pool at a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Hurricane Odile turned into a Category 4 hurricane and it's expected to make a close brush with the southern portion of Mexico's Baja California peninsula Sunday evening. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)  (The Associated Press)

Odile has strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane that's swirling over the Pacific toward an expected close brush with the southern portion of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Odile became a Category 4 hurricane before dawn Sunday. Odile's core is predicted to stay out in the Pacific, but its edge is expected to come close or over Baja's southern end Sunday night.

The storm's maximum sustained winds were 135 (215 kph). It was centered about 195 miles (315 kilometers) west of Manzanillo, Mexico and 310 mils (500 kilometers) south-southeast of the southern tip of Baja California, Odile was moving to the north-northwest at 15 mph (24 kph).

Hurricane warnings were posted northward along the west coast of Baja California to Puerto San Andresito.