Hurricane Odile, the most violent hurricane ever experienced by the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, battered the coastal community and high end resorts in full force on Monday. At the moment, around 30,000 tourists have retreated to temporary shelters, according to the Interior Ministry of Mexico, after resorts like the Hilton were severely damaged during the worst of the storm.
Flights arriving and departing have been canceled at all the major airports leaving residents and many vacationers stranded in Cabo. Making matters worse for civilians, the Civil Defense Office has reported that Cabo is “totally without drinking water and power.”
It began as a Category 3 storm, boasting 125 mile per hour winds and many hours of torrential rain, with reports between 7 to 11 inches total in just one hour.
The impact from Odile has destroyed much of the municipalities of Los Cabos including Cabo San Lucas, San Jose Del Cabo, and La Paz.
As of Monday afternoon, the storm downgraded to a Category 2 and remained dangerous. Hurricane Odile continues to pour rain and gust strong winds up to 110 miles per hour over the central and northern regions of Baja California, and most of the United State’s southwest region as it moves northeast on a path of destruction.
According to Weather.com, the coordinator of Mexico’s Civil Protection Agency has confirmed there have been no deaths as a result of the storm as of Monday afternoon. However, he has confirmed that 135 individuals have been treated for injuries related to the storm. As it continues to rage northward, the number of people injured or dead may increase while officials tally the numbers as more victimds seek medical aid.
The lack of both drinking water and power presents an extremely time sensitive scenario for authorities as they work to designate new shelter areas, rescue and treat victims, and weather out the remainder of the storm. According to NBC News, on Monday upwards of 3,000 military personnel, police and emergency workers were dispatched to nearly a dozen cities affected in the region.
As a result of the damage caused by the severe storm, Mexico’s Independence Day on Tuesday September 16th has been cancelled in Baja California Sur state, as well as classes and all celebrations according to CNN.com.
Category 2 storm Hurrican Odile is moving northward and will continue to deliver torrential rains and strong winds to the central and northern regions of Baja California and most of the United State’s southwest region as it moves northeast.
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