December 4, 2023

Otis: The hurricane is heading towards Acapulco


300 km/h – A “catastrophic” hurricane hits the coast

The US National Hurricane Center warns of catastrophic damage in areas where Otis makes landfall. Mexico, where the hurricane is expected to make landfall, is bracing for a crisis.


Hurricane Otis makes landfall in Mexico.


  • Hurricane Otis is currently heading toward Mexico at a speed of 260 kilometers per hour.

  • It has been upgraded to category five, with meteorologists warning of catastrophic consequences.

  • Schools in Acapulco, Guerrero state, have already been closed.

Hurricane Otis, heading toward the tourist hub of Acapulco in Mexico, has been classified as a “potentially catastrophic” Category 5 hurricane. The center warned of the possibility of catastrophic damage in areas where the hurricane center hits the coast US National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Tuesday (local time). The National Hurricane Center said Otis is currently located about 88 kilometers from Acapulco over the sea and has wind speeds of 260 kilometers per hour. MeteoNews reports speeds in excess of 300 km/h.

A hurricane warning has been issued for the coastal section between Punta Maldonado and Zihuatanejo. However, after making landfall, the hurricane is expected to quickly weaken again.

Schools are closed

Meanwhile, necessary precautions have been taken in Acapulco, Guerrero state. Soldiers were stationed on the waterfront, schools were closed on orders from the local government, and emergency shelters were prepared.

The National Hurricane Center warned that up to 51 centimeters of rain was expected in Guerrero and parts of the neighboring state of Oaxaca. This may lead to flash floods, flooding in cities, and mudslides in high areas.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urged people online to go to emergency shelters and stay away from rivers, streams and ravines.

On October 9, 1997, Category 4 Hurricane Paulina made landfall in Acapulco.

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