Hurricane Otis hits Acapulco: “Communication has been lost, we don’t know if there are victims”

Hurricane Otis hit Acapulco, Mexico’s popular tourist resort, where 780 thousand people live. Officials classified the hurricane as “potentially catastrophic” and said communications had been cut off. This is exactly why it is not possible to determine whether there are victims or not.

“So far we have no information about casualties, but there is no communication,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said at a news conference. The president spoke of “material damage” reminiscent of “collapses” on the highway leading to Acapulco and assured that the government was trying to restore communications. “Protect yourself, stay in safe places: stay away from rivers, streams, valleys and be careful,” he warned on X (formerly Twitter) on the eve of Otis’ arrival.

At dawn today, most of Acapulco was left without electricity by decision of the authorities. It is seen in many videos on social media that tourists place beds and mattresses in hotels that are 50 percent full to protect their rooms. Citizens barricaded themselves in their homes after stocking up on food and water. Schools were closed. The good news is that, according to the American National Hurricane Center, the hurricane lost strength before hitting the coast, falling to a category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, compared to a previous 5.

“I ask you not to let your guard down,” Gov. Evelyn Salgado told residents of Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located, on Wednesday morning. This isn’t the first time this region has dealt with tornadoes: On October 9, 1997, Storm Paulina killed more than 200 people. Mexico is subject to hurricanes during the season from May to October-November. A dozen depressions a year can turn into more or less devastating hurricanes.

As the ocean surface warms, the frequency of more intense hurricanes (or hurricanes or typhoons, depending on the region) increases, but their total number does not increase. According to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the rate of particularly intense hurricanes (categories 4 and 5) is expected to increase by 10% compared to the pre-industrial period. More than a billion people will live in coastal cities at risk from rising sea levels and marine flooding by 2050.

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Source: Today IT

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