Hurricane Otis has unleashed its fury as it made landfall on the southern coast of Mexico, particularly affecting the popular resort destination of Acapulco. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the devastating storm touched down shortly after midnight on Wednesday (06:25 GMT).
This powerful hurricane has brought with it wind speeds reaching a staggering 165mph (270km/h). Authorities have issued grave warnings of a life-threatening storm surge and the potential for landslides due to the heavy rainfall lashing the region.
As Otis moves further inland, it has started to weaken, offering some relief from its initial destructive force. However, the impact of the hurricane on Acapulco has been significant. David Hall, who arrived at the Princess Mundo Imperial resort in Acapulco for a work conference just hours before the hurricane’s arrival, described the damage caused by the powerful winds and rain.
Mr. Hall recounted that the hurricane’s force caused the hotel room windows to buckle and shatter, leading to items being pulled out of the room. The building itself trembled, giving the impression of an earthquake.
In response to the perilous conditions, Mr. Hall, along with numerous other hotel guests, have taken refuge together as they endure the worst of Hurricane Otis, which has left its mark on the region with its relentless power.