Hurricane Lidia hits Mexico’s Puerto Vallarta resort with stronger winds


Lidia dissipated after making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near the resort town of Puerta Vallarta, where a fallen tree killed one person and injured two others

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October 10, 2023 9:35 am

Mexico City – Lydia dissipated after making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near the resort town of Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday, killing one person and injuring two others when a fallen tree in the area

The hurricane downed trees and ripped roofs off homes before moving inland with winds of up to 140 mph (220 km/h).

Laura Velázquez, head of Mexico’s civil protection system, said one person was killed by a falling tree in the northern suburbs of Puerto Vallarta and two others were injured elsewhere in the area.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday that Lidia’s winds dropped to 35 mph and dissipated about 145 miles (235 kilometers) northeast of Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city and the capital of the western state of Jalisco. .

Lydia made landfall on a sparsely populated peninsula before moving inland south of Puerto Vallarta, still carrying winds of 105 mph (165 km/h).

Victor Hugo Romo, head of the Jalisco state civil defense office, said roofs were blown off several houses around the landing area, where the city government of Puerto Vallarta said about More than a dozen trees were knocked down.

Trees were also cut down in the neighboring state of Nayarit.

The National Hurricane Center said Lydia’s eye appeared to have reached land near Las Penitas, a sparsely populated peninsula near Cabo Corrientes.

Even after moving over land, Lydia remained a powerful hurricane, briefly blocking some highways in the area.

He said there are 23 shelters open in the state. Puerto Vallarta’s city government said dozens of people had gone to shelters there.

In 2015, Category 5 Hurricane Patricia also made landfall on the same sparsely populated stretch of coastline between the resort town of Puerto Vallarta and the main port of Manzanillo.

Local authorities canceled classes in coastal communities. The expected impacts came a day after the largest tropical storm hit the South Pacific coast hundreds of miles away before dissipating. Rains from Marquez washed away part of the coastal highway in the southern state of Guerrero.


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