Hurricane Otis Hits Mexico’s Pacific Coast
Category 5 Storm Makes Landfall
Hurricane Otis, a dangerous Category 5 storm, has made landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast, causing concerns about catastrophic damage. The National Hurricane Center has warned residents in the area to seek shelter and remain calm until the danger has passed. Videos posted online show the strong wind and rain lashing the popular beach resort city of Acapulco.
Civil Protection Agency Issues Warnings
The national civil protection agency tweeted about power cuts in Guerrero state as the storm hit. They urged people to disconnect electrical devices, avoid contact with water and metallic objects, and stay updated with official sources. Taking precautions such as staying away from windows is essential to ensure safety.
Rapid Strengthening Before Landfall
Otis rapidly intensified from a tropical storm to a major hurricane within 12 hours before making landfall. With maximum sustained winds of 165 mph and hurricane-force winds extending up to 30 miles from its center, it posed a significant threat. However, it was later downgraded to a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 130 mph.
Potential for Catastrophic Damage
The eye of the storm moving onshore raises concerns about catastrophic damage. The hurricane center has warned of life-threatening coastal flooding and extremely destructive winds near the core of Otis. Buildings, especially high-rise ones, need to be cautious as powerful gusts can pose a risk.
Forecasted Rainfall and Impact
Otis is expected to bring heavy rainfall ranging from 8 to 20 inches across Guerrero and Oaxaca states. This amount of rain can lead to significant flooding. The storm’s impact may cause coastal flooding, adding to the potential damage.
Deployment of Troops for Assistance
Mexico’s army and navy have deployed over 8,000 troops to Guerrero state to aid in rescues and provide assistance. This deployment includes specialized equipment to handle emergency situations. The state, previously plagued by violence linked to organized crime, needs additional support during this natural disaster.
Safety Measures in Acapulco
Acapulco’s port has been closed, and residents have been urged to either stay home or seek safety in shelters. The city is a major tourist destination, and its mayor, Abelina López, has emphasized the need for maximum alert and precautionary measures.
Weakening and Dissipation
Meteorologists predict that Otis will weaken after making landfall and will likely dissipate over southern Mexico by Wednesday night. Monitoring updates from reliable sources is crucial for staying informed about the storm’s progress.
Read More of this Story at www.cbsnews.com – 2023-10-25 10:19:00
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