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Sept. 15 -- (AFP) Hurricane Odile crashed ashore Sunday, packing winds of 125 miles (205 kilometers) an hour, tearing down trees and power lines and ripping roofs off homes in Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

It was listed as category three hurricane in the five-scale Saffir-Simpson scale, but weakened to a category one Monday as winds slowed to 20 kilometers (13 miles) an hour.

Even as the storm moved up the peninsula, the U.S Hurricane Center warned of more heavy rainfall and flooding.

Looters ransacked shops in Mexico's Los Cabos beach Monday after Odile destroyed homes, flooded streets and wrecked hotels packed with tourists.


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