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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. 4 to 6 inches of rain are predicted from the aftermath of the storm.
For more information, see the National Hurricane Center.
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A high-resolution look at Hurricane Otis as it was strengthening off the coast of Mexico, captured by S-NPP.
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The city lights of Acapulco were knocked out after taking a direct hit from Otis.
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An infrared view of Otis quickly strengthening to a category five storm and making landfall near Acapulco, Mexico.
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Otis slams into Mexico as a powerful category 5 hurricane. Hurricane force winds and heavy rains are still occurring inland over southern Mexico.
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Hurricane Otis makes landfall near Acapulco, Mexico as a category 5 storm.
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.
A substantial amount of eye wall lightning within Hurricane Otis, a category five storm.
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.
Otis slowly strengthens as it drifts toward Mexico.
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.