- Hurricane Olaf unleashed heavy rains in Mexico.
- A tourist area faced heavy rains and winds from Hurricane Olaf.
- Residents of low-lying areas were evacuated and transferred to shelters.
Hurricane Olaf grazed the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on Thursday and returned to the Pacific after leaving heavy rains and winds in Los Cabos resorts, the AP news agency reported Friday.
Authorities worked to remove residents from low-lying areas and set them up in shelters, while tourists took shelter in their hotels, said the aforementioned information agency in an updated report on Hurricane Olaf.
Businesses boarded up windows and closed operations due to Hurricane Olaf
The ports of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo closed maritime operations on Thursday and tour operators sheltered their Cabo San Lucas vessels in safer locations. Businesses boarded up windows and people lined up to make last-minute purchases at supermarkets, AP said.
In general, these tourist destinations would be full at this time of year, but with the pandemic that unleashed COVID-19, hotels were not at the maximum of their capacities, the aforementioned news agency mentioned in its report on the natural phenomenon.
Nearly 40 flights have been canceled by Hurricane Olaf
Lilzi Orcí, president of the Los Cabos Hotel Association, pointed out that 37 local and international commercial flights have been canceled due to the presence of Hurricane Olaf. He estimated that there are around 20,000 foreign tourists in the area, less than 40% of the hotel capacity.
As the rain fell, authorities patrolled the flood-prone area in working-class neighborhoods to urge people to move to shelters. According to the AP, the hurricane’s vortex was located about 35 kilometers (20 miles) east-northeast of Cabo San Lucas on Thursday night, with maximum sustained winds of 155 km / h (100 mph). It was heading north-northwest at 19 km / h (12 mph). And the National Hurricane Center forecast between 12.7 and 25.4 centimeters (5 to 10 inches) of rain in the extreme south of the peninsula, and up to 38 centimeters (15 inches) in isolated areas, so there is a risk of flash floods and landslides.
Eye of Hurricane Olaf made landfall on Baja California Sur
Quoting the National Meteorological Service (SMN) of Mexico, the news agency Efe reported that Hurricane Olaf, which was downgraded from category 2 to 1 and formed in the Mexican Pacific, made landfall on Thursday in the state of Baja California Sur, which produced rains in that state and in the west and northwest of the Aztec country.
In a release quoted by Efe, the agency indicated that “the walls of the center of Olaf entered the ground tonight, around 9:00 p.m. (02:00 GMT on Friday), in the vicinity of San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur.”
Waterspout formation is expected on the coasts and heavy rains in Sinaloa
On Twitter, the National Meteorological Service indicated at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, September 10, that Olaf was in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, 70 km from La Paz, in Baja California Sur. Previously, he reported “Meteorological conditions that will prevail during the following hours in the west, center, south and southeast of Mexico, in addition to the Yucatan Peninsula. The formation of waterspouts is expected in the Isthmus of Tehuabtepec, off the coasts of Oaxaca and Chiapas ”.
This morning, the SMN also said that fog banks have been detected in areas of 17 entities of the Mexican Republic and warned that Hurricane Olaf will cause during the next few hours intense rains in areas of Baja California Sur, and very strong in Sinaloa, in addition strong gusts of wind and high waves on the coasts of these entities and the Sea of Cortez.
The Efe news agency explained that so far, cyclones Andrés, Blanca, Carlos, Dolores, Enrique, Felicia, Guillermo, Hilda, Ignacio, Jimena, Kevin, Linda, Marty, Nora and Olaf have formed in the Pacific Ocean. He specified that Dolores made landfall on June 19 and had a special impact on the states of Colima and Michoacán, leaving three dead due to electrical storms.
While in mid-August the torrential rains generated by Hurricane Grace, formed in the Atlantic and made landfall in the Gulf of Mexico, caused the death of at least 11 people, eight in the eastern state of Veracruz and three in the central one. state of Puebla, in addition to severe flooding and damage. The cyclone had impacted days before in the Yucatan peninsula, where it also left floods and power failures, although without fatalities. While Nora, who made landfall on August 28, left a minor dead in the state of Jalisco and at least seven disappeared, six of them fishermen from the state of Guerrero, Efe recalled. (This report was published with textual information from AP and Efe).
Hispanic Food Delivery Man Goes Viral Working During Hurricane Ida in New York
Maybe he deserves the Employee of the Month award. A Hispanic food delivery man was recorded by a stranger while riding a bicycle during the dangerous Hurricane Ida in the state from New York last week.
The AP news agency reported that the Hispanic food delivery man who braved violent Hurricane Ida in New York this week to do his job has become a hero whose feat was seen by millions of people on social media.
Hispanic Food Delivery Man Goes Viral
The aforementioned news agency said that the American who recorded the Hispanic distributing food on his bicycle under the strong storm and with the water above his knees on Wednesday night, is looking for him to deliver the 1,700 dollars he earned selling the video to the media. But there is only one problem: nobody knows who he is.
The American, a photographer named Johnny Miller, asked for help on Twitter to find the Hispanic food delivery man, whose face is not seen in the video. Many have retweeted the recording and some are trying to help find the worker using clues such as the logo on the plastic bag he was holding as he crossed the flooded street, AP explained.
They are looking for a Hispanic food delivery man to deliver $ 1,700
“Come on # NYC … we can find this person,” wrote Johnny Miller. And the request for help went to Federal Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, who represents areas of the Bronx and Queens in Washington and who often speaks out in defense of the rights of immigrants and low-income people.
Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez also asked for help on Twitter to find the Hispanic, writing the approximate address of Brooklyn and the time the food delivery man was recorded. As of this Saturday, Johnny Miller’s video has been viewed by more than 11 million people, according to Twitter.
The Hispanic food delivery man was recorded while working during the flood (click on the image to see the video)
AP explained that food delivery people in New York, mostly Hispanic immigrants known as “deliveristas” (derived from the word domicile), travel all day through the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens or the Bronx on electric bicycles.
Many of the delivery drivers have organized to demand better working conditions and ask for help to stop the theft of their bicycles, which are common during their daily work, the AP news agency said in its report on the peculiar action to locate the worker.
The scourge of Hurricane Ida
Hurricane Ida hit the northeastern United States these days with record downpours that flooded roads and homes, killing dozens of people. Days earlier, Ida caused severe damage to parts of Louisiana and Mississippi after making landfall as one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the United States.
The AP news agency also reported that shocked residents of the east coast of the United States faced a growing death toll, overflowing rivers, tornado damage and continued calls for help on Thursday after the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the region with historic rainfall that left at least 46 people dead in their homes and vehicles. For more details read this note.
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