In the Field: Cabo Hurricane Odile, Day 1

Posted by Greggrey Cohen on September 29, 2014

On September 14, 2014, an intense tropical cyclone made landfall in Cabo San Lucas. With winds as high as 130 mph and heavy rain, Hurricane Odile caused extensive damage throughout southwestern Mexico and led to the deaths of 15 people over nine days. The hurricane had a major impact on the resort town of Cabo San Lucas, including widespread power outages, flooding, and wind damage. Over 135 people were injured, many by flying glass from blown-out windows. More than 3,000 vacationers were left stranded after the Los Cabos airport was shut down. Hurricane Odile was categorized as a Category 3 hurricane and was the worst tropical cyclone to hit the area since Hurricane Olivia in 1967.

SGH Principal Greggrey G. Cohen traveled to Cabo San Lucas on 29 September 2014 to assess the structural damage at a major ocean side resort in Cabo San Lucas.

Day 1

Travel restrictions to Cabo San Lucas, due to the airport closure, forced me to travel to La Paz Mexica, 2-1/2 hours north of Cabo San Lucas.  Travel started at 7:00 a.m. EST from Boston's Logan Airport, with stops in Atlanta and Mexico City, before arriving in La Paz at 6:30 p.m. EST. 

On the short drive from the airport to the hotel, I observed hurricane damage to the beach resort town, including downed trees, missing building facade components, overturned boats in dry storage, and billboard and sign damage. 

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