Hurricane Otis hit Mexico, near Acapulco, in the early hours of Wednesday (25). Category 5, the system was life-threatening and provided what meteorologists warned could be a “nightmare scenario” for the country’s south coast, threatening to cause catastrophes with destructive winds, heavy rain and storms.
The center of Otis made landfall in Mexico around 12:25 a.m. local time with winds of 165 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Within hours, winds decreased to 130 mph, the center said, with dangerous hurricane-force winds extending up to 30 miles from downtown Otis.
At 3 a.m., the hurricane was already about 25 miles north-northwest of Acapulco, according to the center.
The storm is expected to weaken quickly as it moves inland and over the higher terrain of southern Mexico, where it is expected to dissipate by Wednesday evening.
On Tuesday (24), Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador implored residents of the coast of the state of Guerrero, which includes the city of Acapulco, to seek shelter and stay away from rivers, streams and ravines before arriving of the storm.
A hurricane warning is in effect for the coast of Punta Maldonado, west of Zihuatanejo.
“This is an extremely serious situation for the Acapulco metropolitan area, with the core of the destructive hurricane likely to come near or over that large city Wednesday morning,” the hurricane center said Tuesday night. “There is no record of hurricanes even close to this intensity in this part of Mexico.”
Acapulco is home to around 800,000 people.
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