Otis was a major hurricane in the Eastern Pacific Basin. It quickly strengthened from a tropical storm into a powerful category five hurricane in the hours before making landfall near Acapulco, Mexico.

Otis is the strongest storm to ever hit the Pacific Coast of Mexico, slamming into the coast on Oct. 25. Before making landfall, Otis strengthened to a Category 5 storm from a tropical storm on Oct. 24, and made landfall in the resort town.

The U.S National Hurricane Center warned of “catastrophic damage” from Otis, and 27 people have died from the storm in Mexico. Several others are missing.

Otis made landfall with 165 mph wind speeds. 88 degree ocean temperatures led to Otis’ rapid intensification. Category 4 Hurricane Patricia, which hit Mexico in 2015, was the previous strongest storm to ever hit the Pacific Coast of Mexico.

The storm decimated Acapulco, crumbling town infrastructure of hotels and private residences. It was the most intense storm to ever hit the Acapulco region of Mexico, and more than 500,000 people lost power. 51,864 houses were destroyed, and 79,510 sustained severe damage and another 80,823 suffered minor to moderate damage.

Fifty people were killed due to Otis, and another 30 are still missing. Losses were estimated at $15 billion U.S dollars.

For more information, see the National Hurricane Center.

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Contributions by: CIRA Staff and Dakota Smith

Satellite imagery of this event:

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Strengthening Otis Seen by S-NPP

Description:

A high-resolution look at Hurricane Otis as it was strengthening off the coast of Mexico, captured by S-NPP.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: S-NPP

Product: Infrared (band I5) Visible (I1)

Instrument: VIIRS

Otis Causes Power Outages In Acapulco

Description:

The city lights of Acapulco were knocked out after taking a direct hit from Otis.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones

Satellite: NOAA-20 NOAA-21 S-NPP

Product: Day/Night Band

Instrument: VIIRS

Otis Strengthening and Making Landfall in Infrared

Description:

An infrared view of Otis quickly strengthening to a category five storm and making landfall near Acapulco, Mexico.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-18

Product: Infrared (band 13)

Instrument: ABI

Otis Slams into Mexico as a Powerful Storm

Description:

Otis slams into Mexico as a powerful category 5 hurricane. Hurricane force winds and heavy rains are still occurring inland over southern Mexico.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

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Otis Makes Landfall near Acapulco, Mexico as a Category Five

Description:

Hurricane Otis makes landfall near Acapulco, Mexico as a category 5 storm.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Infrared (band 13)

Instrument: ABI

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Otis Strengthens into a Powerful Category Five Hurricane

Description:

Hurricane Otis rapidly strengthens into an extremely dangerous, category 5 hurricane as it bears down on southern Mexico. This potentially catastrophic storm is currently moving onshore near Acapulco, Mexico.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-18

Product: Infrared (band 13)

Instrument: ABI

Incredible Display of Eye Wall Lightning within Hurricane Otis

Description:

A substantial amount of eye wall lightning within Hurricane Otis, a category five storm.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-18

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Otis Rapidly Strengthens

Description:

Otis has rapidly strengthens from a tropical storm into a major hurricane . The storm is expected to continue strengthening into an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane when it makes landfall on the southern coast of Mexico soon.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-18

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Otis Slowly Strengthens

Description:

Otis slowly strengthens as it drifts toward Mexico.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-18

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Otis Spins Southwest of Mexico

Description:

Tropical Storm Otis spins off of the southwest coast of Mexico. Heavy rains from the storm are expected to impact areas of southwest Mexico soon.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI