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(SAN DIEGO) — Hurricane Odile, the seventh major hurricane of the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season, was nearing the southern coast of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula on Sunday evening.

While a landfall is not expected with this system, flooding rain, dangerous storm surge, and hurricane-force winds are expected to impact much of southern and western Baja California through Monday.

The southern tip of Baja California will experience the worse conditions from Odile Sunday night and into early Monday. On Sunday evening, Cabo San Lucas was already reporting heavy rain and strong wind gusts.

Odile will continue to move in a general north-northwest direction, parallel to the peninsula. As the storm moves into cooler ocean water, it is forecast to slowly weaken towards the middle of the upcoming week.

While the storm will not impact the United States directly, the remnants from this system will bring a renewed risk for flooding across the desert Southwest. Tropical moisture will work its way across the Southwest, likely bringing areas of heavy rain and flash flooding.

Some cities that could experience flash flooding problems later this week include Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Palm Springs and Riverside, Calif.; and Las Vegas, Nev.

Phoenix has already experienced record-setting flooding this month. Last week, moisture from the remnants of Hurricane Norbert brought a record 3.29 inches of rain to the city in just one day.

The chances for heavy rain and flooding will increase over the course of the week. During the beginning of the work week, activity will be rather isolated. However, towards the second half of the week, more numerous storms, bringing torrential downpours, will be scattered across the region.

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