Hurricane Lidia kills one person in Mexico before storm quickly dissipates


People walk past a restaurant damaged by Hurricane Lidia in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on October 10, 2023.Reuters/Christian Ruano Licensed

PUERTO VALLALTA, Mexico, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Mexican rescuers worked on Wednesday to clean up the damage left by powerful Hurricane Lidia, which battered Mexico’s Pacific coast overnight, killing at least one person and downing trees and power lines. and caused severe flooding.

Category 4 Storm Lidia surged onto land in the western state of Jalisco on Tuesday night, pouring rain that caused rivers to burst their banks and halted classes in dozens of cities.

Miguel Ángel Navarro, the governor of Nayarit in northern Jalisco state, said a man’s car was crushed by a fallen tree during the storm near the beach resort of Punta Mita. die.

Two people were also injured in Oatlande-Navarro and Cihuatlán, Jalisco state, Mexico Civil Defense Director Laura Velasquez told a government news conference.

Lydia dissipated as it churned through the mountains of western Mexico early Wednesday morning.

According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, at 0400 Central Time, the aftermath of Lidia was located about 145 miles (233 kilometers) northeast of Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state, and was moving at 23 mph (37 kilometers per hour). / hour) moving northeastward.

Authorities in the popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta listed the damage on social media, reporting that Lidia destroyed homes and blocked roads as the hurricane blew through.

Officials in the state of Nayarit clear downed trees from a federal highway in the city of Bahia de Banderas. Authorities said dozens of people sought overnight shelter in temporary shelters set up in the city.

The hurricane center said Lidia was expected to bring up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain to parts of Mexico, posing a risk of flash flooding.

Reporting by Natalia Siniawski; Editing by Dave Graham, Christina Finch and Jonathan Oatis

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