Hurricane Otis is a powerful Category 5 hurricane that is currently located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 55 miles south-southeast of Acapulco, Mexico. The storm is moving north-northwest at 9 mph and is expected to make landfall in Mexico early Wednesday morning.
Otis is a large and well-organized hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph. The storm has a hurricane-force wind field of 30 miles and a tropical storm-force wind field of 115 miles.
Otis is expected to bring heavy rain, strong winds, and dangerous storm surge to Mexico. The National Hurricane Center is warning of “catastrophic damage” in areas where the core of the hurricane makes landfall.
Potential impacts of Hurricane Otis
- Heavy rain: Otis is expected to bring 8-20 inches of rain to southern Mexico. This heavy rain could lead to flash flooding and mudslides.
- Strong winds: Otis has maximum sustained winds of 160 mph. These strong winds could cause widespread damage to buildings, trees, and power lines.
- Dangerous storm surge: Otis is expected to produce a storm surge of up to 10 feet in some areas. This storm surge could inundate coastal areas and cause significant damage.
What residents can do to prepare for Hurricane Otis
- Monitor the storm: Residents in Mexico should monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from the National Hurricane Center.
- Evacuate if necessary: Residents in areas that are under a hurricane warning should evacuate to a safe location.
- Secure your property: Residents should secure their homes and businesses by boarding up windows and doors and trimming trees.
- Stock up on supplies: Residents should stock up on food, water, and other essential supplies in case of power outages and flooding.
Hurricane Otis is a powerful storm that has the potential to cause catastrophic damage in Mexico. Residents in affected areas should take precautions to protect themselves and their property.