“Destructive Hurricane Odile powered ashore at Cabo San Lucas on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula near 12:45 am EDT, September 15th 2014 as a Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds. Odile was the strongest hurricane on record to hit the Baja Peninsula, tied with Hurricane Olivia of 1967. An Air Force hurricane hunter plane was in Odile Sunday afternoon, and measured a surface pressure of 922 mb. This pressure puts Odile in pretty select company–only two other Eastern Pacific hurricanes have had lower pressures measured in them by the Hurricane Hunters (though a total of eleven Eastern Pacific hurricanes have had lower pressures, if we include satellite-estimated pressures.) The only major hurricane on record to affect Southern Baja was Hurricane Kiko of 1989, which moved ashore on the Gulf of California side of the peninsula just south of La Paz as a Category 3 storm with 120 mph winds.”
The results were catastrophic. Over 3000 high tension electrical and utility poles down, communication towers bent over like matchsticks from the wind and up to 12 inches of rain brought flooding to vados and low lying areas. While North American media focused on the damage done to the world famous resorts and the plight of 30 thousand guests, the real catastrophic damage was felt by the barrio communities and the Los Cabos local population.
As I write this, five days later, there is an unprecedented and on going effort by the Mexican government, the military, the local police forces, the electrical/water utilities, the local communities and businesses to clean up and repair the damage and get Cabo up and operational again. … And this is what they faced the morning after Odile.