Hurricane “Olaf” hits Mexico, leaving 200 000 customers without power


Hurricane "Olaf" made landfall very near San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico at around 03:20 UTC on September 10, 2021, with maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h (100 mph) and a minimum central pressure of 976 hPa, making it a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir Simpson scale. The storm was moving NW at 19 km/h (12 mph).1

While only minimum damage has been reported, the Federal Electricity Commission reported that nearly 192 000 customers in Los Cabos and La Paz were left without power. 30 percent had electricity restored within 12 hours.

The ISSSTE General Hospital in La Paz lost power, provoking concern among people whose family members are receiving treatment in the facility.2

In the Los Cabos area, numerous buildings, including the IMSS No. 6 Hospital in San José del Cabo were affected by flash flooding.

Road access between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas was cut off due to flooding and fallen trees and utility poles.

Hurricane "Olaf" at 00:00 UTC on September 10, 2021. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, TW

Olaf became a remnant low at 09:00 UTC on September 11, 175 km (110 miles) WSW of Cabo San Lazaro, Mexico.


1 Hurricane Olaf Tropical Cyclone Update – NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL EP152021 – 920 PM MDT Thu Sep 09 2021

2 Hurricane Olaf knocks out power to thousands, causes flooding in Baja Sur – Mexico News Daily

Featured image: Hurricane "Olaf" at 00:00 UTC on September 10, 2021. Credit: NOAA/GOES-East, RAMMB/CIRA, TW


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