posted Sep 18, 2014, 12:23 PM by Hernan Cortes
updated Nov 19, 2014, 8:03 PM by Paceno La Paz
Tropical Storm Odile, which made landfall as Category 3 hurricane, weakened as it made its way up Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, after causing major damage to homes, roads and the area's airports at Baja California Sur and leaving 30,000 tourists stranded.
Of the 30,000 tourists that were stranded in temporary shelters in hotels, 26,000 are foreigners.
Past Monday, federal authorities announced that army and commercial planes would be flying them out from the La Paz and Los Cabos airports.
Several airports in the area, including the later, were damaged by Odile.
So far, 15,000 tourists stranded in Los Cabos have been evacuated and 11,000 people are staying in shelters.
Baja California Sur authorities announced that the National Gendarmerie would be deployed to Los Cabos due to the widespread looting after hurricane Odile pounded the state.
Officials reported that 135 people were treated for minor injuries in Baja California Sur, where Odile made landfall.
At least 239,000 people there were left without electricity, and several communities had no potable water.
As of today - Thursday 18. Sept. 2014 the editor did NOT observe any looting in La Paz.
Several areas have power and internet access. Potable water so far not available. Damage in terms of fallen trees, power and phone poles, ripped of store and house fassades seem to be widespread.
Supermarket Walmart was yesterday open for public. Bakery and bread department had no items on shelves.
Purchasing drinking water becomes problem for editor as known sources / stores are out of water to purify. Some stores still have smaller quantity of bottled water available.
This are are personal observations and may be different at other areas of La Paz. We only ventured out to Esperanza III, Fidepaz, Puesta de Sol, Posada, Los Girasoles, San Pablo, Centro areas.
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While hurricane Odile is gone a new hurricane formed over night south of Baja following pretty much the same path as Odile did. The hurricane is named "Polo" - Residents and stranded visitors in Baja California should continue to keep an eye on, for now category 1, Hurricane Polo.
Polo forecast - maximum sustained winds remain near 120 km/h - 75 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is possible today and tonight.
After that Polo is expected to weaken due to unfavourable upper-level winds. An Air Force reconnaissance plane is scheduled to investigate Polo later today.
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Luis Álvarez Marcén, director of damages of the Mexican Association of Insurance Companies, said that the damages caused by Odile could surpass the 12 billion pesos (906.5 million dollars) that the insurance industry paid for two storms, Manuel and Ingrid, last year.