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Cabo gets the all clear after Hurricane Newton

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Cabo can safely breathe a sigh of relief. All tropical storm warnings have been lifted. It’s over.  And it wasn’t too bad.

 

Unlike the devastating effects of hurricane Odile back in 2014, the damage this time was minimal.

 

Here are some facts and figures, just to give some perspective on the “real’ impacts that Cabo has felt over the last couple of days...


  • Tourists – over 14,000 tourists were in town during the hurricane. All were kept safe in their hotels.


Hotels – only minor damages reported in a few hotels. Most have their own generators so didn’t lose power. But the internet was down for a few hours yesterday.


Flights - 28 flights in Cabo were cancelled but by late Tuesday afternoon airports in both La Paz and Cabo were back in full operation

 

Fishing –  All maritime activated were suspended on Monday and Tuesday. Most companies were hoping to resume at least some activities today.

 

Power – On Tuesday morning 142.373 citizens between Los Cabos and La Paz had no electricity. By 2pm on Tuesday 27% had been restored. By lunchtime today 82% will have been restored. Hopefully the remainder will be restored within the next 24 hours.


Shelters – there were 56 temporary shelters set up across BCS. 22 of these in Cabo provided food, shelter and medical assistance to over 1500 people. In La Paz 195 people sought shelter. And 236 in Loreto.


Businesses – A few local bars and businesses suffered some structural damages, mainly to outside areas. But nothing nearly as bad as after Odile.

 

Drowning – Very sadly there have been 2 deaths by drowning. The bodies were found on a beach known as Las Barrancas, near La Ribera and Cabo Pulmo. A further 3 people still remain lost. The tragedies occurred om Monday night when a small shrimp boat was unable to return to shore due to the strength of the waves.

 

Illness and injuries – Emergency medical care teams at the shelters did a great job of dealing with minor injuries and illnesses plus getting a dialysis patient safety to hospital.


Beaches – Minor damages have been recorded on 57 beaches as Hurricane Newton destroyed palapas, walkers and containers. Repairs and clean ups are already well underway. 


Babies – And finally, 12 new babies were welcomed safely into world during the storm. And all got to the hospital in time – including 3 young mums-to be who were whisked in from shelters.

 

Luckily, Cabo has fared much better than it did after Odile. So nothing to be worried about if you have a trip planned.



Photos - BCS noticias, El Diario Independiente, Tribuna Digital 
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