Hurricane Otis Strikes Acapulco with Unprecedented Fury, Leaving Mexico in Chaos

Hurricane Otis Strikes Acapulco with Unprecedented Fury, Leaving Mexico in Chaos

Belize’s neighbors in Mexico have incurred tremendous losses after Hurricane Otis slammed the tourist destination, Acapulco.  The category five storm strengthened from a tropical storm to an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane in just 12 hours before it made landfall.  The sudden burst of power gave people little time to prepare or get to safety as Otis bore down on Acapulco, that’s also a permanent home to roughly 800,000 people. As Otis kept strengthening and neared the coast, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center warned that a “nightmare scenario is unfolding.” Otis’ center slammed into Mexico’s coast near Acapulco at around 12:25 a.m. local time with sustained winds of 165 mph. The center warns that the storm is now headed inland with winds of 80 mph and is expected to dissipate over southern Mexico by tonight.  National Coordinator of Civil Protection Laura Velázquez said in an interview with local news Milenio TV “We don’t have a damage assessment because until now, there is no communication with Acapulco.” Velázquez reiterated there is no information either on injured or missing people as all communication systems are currently down, including the ones used by the Navy. Otis’ intensification was among the fastest forecasters have seen; its top-end wind speed increased by 115 mph in 24 hours and 90 mph in a 12-hour period. The storm’s rapid intensification is a symptom of the human-caused climate crisis, scientists say – and one that is becoming more frequent.

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