VANCOUVER – The popular Mexican resort area of Cabo San Lucas has been decimated by Hurricane Odile. The storm made landfall last night.
It’s the strongest storm ever to hit the peninsula, with winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour. The category 3 storm made a direct hit on Cabo San Lucas.
Mexican authorities are describing the storm as dangerous and emergency shelters have been created for up to 30,000 people.
Heavy rain and flooding are expected to continue.
The Cabo Airport is currently closed and many Canadian tourists are now stuck at resorts across the region. Many are saying the locals have completely deserted them and have no idea if and when help is coming.
A woman from the Lower Mainland is stuck at Hacienda Cerritos, described as a luxury boutique hotel.
She said they knew the hurricane was coming so they found higher ground and had to wait it out. “There’s 15 of us here, there’s no staff, they’ve all left, and we waited it out all night,” said Ramen Puni. “The entire place is destroyed but the structure is still standing.”
“Our bed went out the window.”
She said the group she is with is just waiting for help. “We’ve got a few dry towels, but pretty much last night we maybe got an hour of sleep between us.”
They do not have any water or electricity and their cell phones are running out of battery.
“Our cars are OK and they do have gas but it’s just that the roads, it’s all dirt roads going out to these resorts and those dirt roads are all just mudslides,” said Puni.
WATCH: Popular Mexican vacation destination Cabo San Lucas has been decimated by a category 3 Hurricane Odile. Lisa Carlin from Jubilee Travel has advice for Canadian travelers trying to leave or planning to go to the area.
Please note: This story has been updated to correct the name of the hotel.