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Hurricane Otis slams Acapulco causing floods and destruction in Mexico

2023-10-26T12:58:58+00:00
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Hurricane Otis, Acapulco, storm, Mexico
Hurricane Otis slams Acapulco (Photo: The Associated Press)
  • Hurricane Otis slams Acapulco.
  • It leaves behind devastating floods and destruction.
  • All communication in the area is down.

Hurricane Otis, classified as a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane, has shaken the tourist city of Acapulco, in Guerrero, Mexico.

The powerful storm has left a trail of chaos and destruction in its wake.

Although no fatalities have been reported so far, the damage in the region is evident.

According to the report from the Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) at 06:00, Otis has decreased in intensity to Category 4.

Hurricane Otis slams Acapulco

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According to infobae, this continues to be an imminent threat for Acapulco.

The hurricane maintained sustained winds of 133 miles per hour traveled towards the north-northwest at a speed of 10 kilometers per hour.

According to the Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua), heavy rains are expected in Guerrero and heavy to intense rainfall in Oaxaca.

In addition, showers and heavy rains are expected in the states of Michoacán, State of Mexico, Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala.

The powerful Hurricane leaves a path of destruction

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The magnitude of Otis remains a concern for local authorities and residents.

Otis’ fury has been strongly felt in Acapulco, where buildings were flooded and there have been hundreds of reports of damage.

Broken glass and objects thrown into the air due to hurricane force winds are some of the visible effects of this powerful meteorological phenomenon.

The city, with a population of approximately 800,000, has been severely affected by the storm, EFE reported.

The impact of Hurricane Otis on Guerrero

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What was initially a tropical storm intensified in less than 24 hours, becoming a Category 5 hurricane.

This is the highest classification for hurricanes.

The impact on the coasts of Guerrero has kept municipal, state and federal authorities on alert, as they fear the worst.

In addition to Acapulco, the areas most at risk from the Otis Pass include Coyuca de Benítez and San Marcos.

States where heavy rains are expected

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Servicio Meteorológico Nacional has been providing updated information about the hurricane on social media.

The threat of heavy rain has led to warnings about extraordinary rainfall in Guerrero.

EFE announced that rainfall could exceed 250 liters per square meter. In Oaxaca, intense rains of 75 to 150 liters are expected in various regions.

Additionally, heavy rain is forecast for areas such as the State of Mexico, Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala.

AMLO asks residents to take precautions

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EFE reported that Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, took to social media to urge the public to take precautions .

The DN-III-E Plan and the Marine Plan are underway in coordination with the state government. The president called on residents to move to shelters.

The president’s message adds to the efforts of Protección Civil, which has urged to reinforce security measures during the passage of Otis.

At 3:00 a.m. local time, Otis dropped to category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale after making landfall as a category 5 at 12:25 a.m. local time in Acapulco.

Residents are warned to take shelter

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According to the most recent weather reports, the hurricane is located 25 miles north-northwest of Acapulco and 68 miles south-southeast of San Miguel Totolapan.

The maximum sustained winds reach 133 miles per hour, with gusts of 160 miles per hour and a movement towards the north-northwest at 10 miles per hour.

Tourists and maritime navigation have been warned to take extreme precautions due to intense winds and high waves.

The safety of everyone in the area is a priority during the threat of this powerful hurricane, according to infobae.

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