MEXICO CITY – 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.