October 31, 2023
In the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 25th, Hurricane Otis — a record-breaking Category 5 hurricane —slammed into Acapulco, Mexico, causing horrifying destruction and pain.
Officials and residents were left with little time to prepare for the severity of the storm because early forecasts significantly underestimated the threat. Hurricane Otis rapidly intensified from a tropical storm to an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane – the area’s strongest storm on record – in just 12 hours.
More than 500,000 homes and businesses lost power across Mexico’s state of Guerrero. Service has been restored to less than 30% of those impacted. Acapulco has no power, electricity, telephone service, internet or gas; even Acapulco International Airport has suspended operations.