San Francisco Chronicle

Cabo resorts battered by major storm


Hurricane Olaf slipped back to tropical storm force on Friday after slamming into the Los Cabos resorts at the tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula and then drenching the region with torrential rains.

The storm came ashore near San Jose del Cabo late Thursday as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

At least 700 local residents spent the night in shelters while an estimated 20,000 foreign tourists hunkered down in their hotels. State Civil Defense Deputy Secretary Carlos Alfredo Godinez said he had received no reports of lives lost.

The national electrical company reported the storm knocked out power to most customers in the state, but it was gradually being restored. Some hotels reported minor damage.

As the storm came ashore, some motorists were stranded inside their cars in high water. But the Cabo San Lucas Fire Department reported only fallen trees and power lines.

Officials closed ports and schools in the area, suspended COVID-19 vaccinatio­ns and told many nonessenti­al workers to stay home.

The Hurricane Center said the storm was expected to head up the western coast of the peninsula and then veer out into the Pacific.

More than 500,000 people live in the La Paz-Los Cabos region. The Hurricane Center forecast up to 10 inches of rain on the southern part of the peninsula, creating the danger of flash floods and mudslides.

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