Hurricane Odile Storm Report – Hurricane Odile made landfall early Monday with an intensity unprecedented for Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The Category 3 storm made a direct hit on Cabo San Lucas, bringing 125 mph winds and six hours of rain.
Widespread power outages, flooding and wind damage were reported as some residents and tourists emerged late Monday morning to assess the damage the powerful storm left behind.
Room windows at the Westin were blown out, mud and rock blocked the entrance to the Club Regina and workers said the Hilton was seriously damaged.
<—Damage at San Jose Del Cabo Airport
Eyewitness Report From Cabo San Lucas – Storm chaser Josh Morgerman of iCyclone weathered the storm in a hotel a couple hundred yards from the Bahia de Santiago in Cabo San Lucas. His reports, detailed on Dr. Jeff Masters’ Blog, painted a picture of an extremely violent and dangerous hurricane landfall: wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2799. (Courtesy, Dr. Jeff Masters, Weather Underground) ☞
Reports From Todos Santos / Pescadero – We were able to get a storm report and photos from Todos Santos, courtesy of Alvaro Colindres’ FaceBook Page:
Odile took it’s toll on downtown Todos Santos. Carla’s loncheria totally gone. The CFE building totally trashed. However CFE workers are mobilizing. Lots of Power polls down, and poles down along highway to LP. They say it will be at least a week without power. The Church seemed Untouched. Now, we begin the clean up and Rebuilding Process! More to follow….
(Courtesy, Alvaro Colindres, Todos Santos) ☞
Photo Courtesy BCSNoticias.mx
Additional Damage Report For La Paz/Todos Santos (Courtesy, Televisa) – Translated: LA PAZ, Baja California Sur, Sep. 15 2014.- Baja California Sur was declared a disaster area after category III Hurricane “Odile”. La Paz, the state capital, is one of the most affected. The damage can be seen in the streets and neighborhoods in the center and the periphery. “We need to restore the most urgent thing first, and that is the drinking water” “the priority is to restore services,” Marcos Covarrubias, governor of Baja California Sur said.
The most affected colonies in La Paz are:
Classes in schools at all levels were suspended in La Paz, Los Cabos and Comondú and national celebrations were cancelled. The La Paz airport remains closed as are the seaports. The General Hospital “Juan Maria de Salvatierra” suffered damage in 50% of their structure and the electric power generating plant failed. The Central Health Centers in Todos Santos and Pescadero were closed because of damage.
The state government said the fuel supply will be restricted and will be dispensed only to hospitals, shelters and aid support programs. “Gasoline is available exclusively for official vehicles right now. Until we have electricity, there obviously will not be any gas stations working,” said Marcos Covarrubias, Governor of BCS. More than 200 members of the Mexican Army are aiding families affected through Plan DN-III. Also, 150 federal police officers arrived to assist with security duties. This Monday “Odile” moved north of the state. In Ciudad Constitution and Comondú, about 2 thousand [persons affected by the storm] were reported.
Jose Guadalupe Ramirez Nunez Comondú city official, said [the town sustained] winds of between 150 and 190 kms. per hour, with downed trees, poles, and electrical wiring in the town. The wind destroyed greenhouses, severely affecting agricultural producers. Seven temporary shelters were opened, serving at least 7,000 people. Authorities said “Odile” moved north of the state with other [weather] phenomenon progresses in the Mexican Pacific. So far there have been no reported fatalities.
Original article en Español: noticieros.televisa.com/mexico-estados/1409/baja-california-sur-zona-desastre-odile/ ☞
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