Hurricane Lidia hit the coast of Mexico. The storm carried wind gusts reaching speeds of 220 kilometers per hour. Although the phenomenon weakens as it moves inland, it still brings life-threatening gusts and downpours.
Lidia came ashore on Tuesday around 6 p.m. local time near the small town of Las Penitas in Mexico. At the time of impact, it was a Category 4 hurricane on the five-degree descending Saffir-Simpson scale, carrying winds of 220 kilometers per hour. Currently, the element has weakened to the second category, but the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that it is still deadly dangerous – it is accompanied by heavy rainfall and winds reaching speeds of 165 km/h.
The wind shook the buildings
According to the authorities of the state of Nayarit, the hurricane contributed to the death of one person – strong winds knocked down a tree onto a moving car. There is no information about the injured.
In the seaside resort of Puerto Vallarta, residents boarded up their windows and secured their doors with sandbags from the beaches. At night, the city streets were deserted. The downpours even reached the city of Guadalajara, 200 kilometers from the coast. On social media, residents reported fallen trees blocking roads and rivers threatening to burst their banks.
“I call on people living between Nayarit and Jalisco to take precautions,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on social media.
Downpours and high waves
Meteorologists warn about the downpours that Lidia will bring – in most regions it will be up to 200 liters of rain per square meter, but in some places it may fall over 300 l/sq m by Wednesday. Downpours may cause flooding and mudslides. The NHC also warned of storm surges and rip currents off Mexico’s Pacific coast over the next 24 hours.
This isn’t the only storm to hit Mexico this week. On Monday through the nearby state of Guerrero tropical storm Max passed. According to local media, the element contributed to the death of at least two people and injured two others.
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