CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) – Hurricane Olaf grazed the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on Thursday and returned to the Pacific after leaving heavy rains and winds at Los Cabos resorts.
The authorities carried out work to remove residents from low-lying areas and install them in shelters, while tourists took shelter in their hotels.RELATED
The ports of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo closed maritime operations on Thursday and tour operators sheltered their Cabo San Lucas vessels in safer locations. Businesses boarded up windows and people lined up to make last-minute purchases at supermarkets.
Typically, these tourist destinations would be full at this time of year, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, hotels were not at full capacity.
Lilzi Orcí, president of the Los Cabos Hotel Association, pointed out that 37 local and international commercial flights have been canceled due to the presence of the hurricane. He estimated that there are around 20,000 foreign tourists in the area, less than 40% of the hotel capacity.
As the rain fell, authorities patrolled the flood-prone area in working-class neighborhoods to urge people to move to shelters.
The hurricane’s vortex was located about 35 kilometers (20 miles) east-northeast of Cabo San Lucas Thursday night, with maximum sustained winds of 155 km / h (100 mph). It was heading north-northwest at 19 km / h (12 mph).
The National Hurricane Center forecast between 12.7 and 25.4 centimeters (5 to 10 inches) of rain in the extreme south of the peninsula, and up to 38 centimeters (15 inches) in isolated areas, so there is a risk of flash floods and landslides.