Olav weakens after attacking Los Cabos, Mexico as a Category 2 storm


Cabo San Lucas, Mexico-Hurricane Olav returned to a tropical cyclone on Friday after crashing into the Los Cabos Resort at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, hitting the area with heavy rains.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm landed near San Jose del Cabo at the end of Thursday as a Category 2 hurricane with a wind speed of 100 mph (155 kph).

However, the wind had dropped to 40 mph (65 km) by Friday evening, centered around 45 mph (65 km) west-southwest of Cabosan Lazaro.

At least 700 locals spent the night in shelters, and an estimated 20,000 foreign tourists moved to the hotel.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Carlos Alfredo Godines said he had not received any reports of his death.

The state power company reported that the storm stopped supplying power to most customers in the state, but it was gradually recovering. Some hotels reported minor damage.

When the storm landed, some drivers were stuck in their cars in high waters. However, the Cabo San Lucas Fire Department reported only fallen trees and power lines.

Authorities closed ports and schools in the area and told many unnecessary workers to stay home. Before the storm, businesses boarded windows and people lined up for last-minute purchases at supermarkets.

According to the Hurricane Center, the storm was expected to head to the west coast of the peninsula during the day and to the Pacific Ocean at night.

The Lapas-Los Cabos area is home to more than 500,000 people, and Lilziorsi, chairman of the Los Cabos Hotel Association, estimates that there are approximately 20,000 foreign tourists in the area.

Associated Press