Fury Unleashed: Hurricane Otis Ravages Acapulco Resort, Tourists Flee as Chaos Ensues
Acapulco, the renowned Mexican beach paradise, endured a nightmarish onslaught as Hurricane Otis, a ferocious Category 4 tempest, wreaked havoc. Early on Wednesday, this monstrous force of nature unleashed its wrath, battering hotels and sending terrified tourists scrambling for safety as it lashed the southern Pacific coast with relentless rain and howling winds.
Social media was ablaze with harrowing videos showcasing the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Otis. Rooms were reduced to rubble, ceilings and walls torn asunder, and cars lay half-submerged in floodwaters. The southern state of Guerrero awoke to a scene of chaos, with nature’s fury etched into every corner of Acapulco.
In one heart-wrenching video from a local hospital, nurses were seen evacuating patients from their rooms, desperate to shield them from the unbridled rage of Otis. This hurricane stands as one of the mightiest to ever batter this region, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
Despite the immense turmoil, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador conveyed that there were no immediate reports of fatalities. However, he cautiously acknowledged that authorities faced significant challenges in gathering updates.
“The hurricane is still affecting the area, and communications are completely down,” he shared during a regular government press conference.
Although Otis has weakened to a Category 2 Hurricane, it maintains its presence over the state of Guerrero and continues to unleash heavy rains, primarily along the coastal areas, according to Mexico’s national water agency CONAGUA.
Throughout Guerrero, power outages have been reported by Mexico’s civil protection authorities. Flights to and from Acapulco have been suspended, and classes have been canceled due to the hurricane’s relentless assault, which rattled hotels, compelling tourists to seek refuge.
As of 0600 local time (1200 GMT), Otis was situated 60 miles (100 km) north-northwest of Acapulco. Although it has lost some of its strength as it moved inland, it still wields winds at 110 miles (177 km) per hour, bringing torrential rainfall and flash flooding, coupled with hurricane-force winds across extensive portions of southern Mexico.
Otis is expected to unleash up to 20 inches (51 cm) of rainfall in parts of Guerrero and Oaxaca states, potentially triggering mudslides, a “potentially catastrophic” storm surge, and life-threatening surf and rip currents, as warned by the authorities.
CONAGUA issued a chilling alert of 6- to 8-meter (20- to 26-foot) surges off the coasts of Guerrero and parts of Oaxaca. In response, Guerrero’s authorities have opened storm shelters, and the National Guard stands prepared for rescue and evacuation efforts.
Ahead of the storm’s arrival, the Defense Ministry put its disaster plan into action, deploying soldiers to patrol the desolate beaches of Acapulco. Nature’s fury may have left chaos in its wake, but Mexico’s resilience and preparedness shine through during these trying times.
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