Typhoon ‘Otis’ made landfall ten kilometers from Acapulco, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, causing unexpected destruction in its wake, because in just one day it turned from a tropical storm to a big storm level.
According to the United States National Hurricane Center (CNH), ‘Otis’ is a “potentially catastrophic” storm and will leave “large and destructive waves” and “potentially deadly” swells on the southern coast of Mexico. On the other hand, the National Water Commission (Conagua) warned that its effects could include severe flooding and landslides.
In the data recorded when it arrived in Acapulco, the sustained winds of ‘Otis’ reached 270 kilometers per hour, although sometimes the wind reached 330 kilometers per hour, speeds that are rarely seen in the area where it is used to. . event.
The expert Colin McCarthy explained in his social network account the city, which has more than one million inhabitants.
#Otisone of the fastest-growing hurricanes in world history, minutes from landfall in Acapulco, Mexico as a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 165 mph (266 km/h) and gusts of nearly 200 mph (322 km/h) ).
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– Colin McCarthy (@US_Stormwatch) October 25, 2023
Through social networks, many users have published videos and images that give an idea of the damage that the ‘Otis’ can cause when it arrives in Acapulco, one of the best hotel areas in the whole which is Mexico and has a strong tourist presence. .
In most of these cases, the tourists themselves post videos or images that have the effect of ‘Otis’ passing by the hotels where they are away. Documents show facades torn apart by strong winds and facilities flooded by torrential rains left behind by the storm.
Hurricane Otis continues to make landfall in Acapulco, Mexico
— Chaudhary Parvez (@ChaudharyParvez) October 25, 2023