It is being hailed as the strongest storm to ever strike the Baja Peninsula and it unleashed its furious Category 3 winds of 125-mph on the tropical paradise of Cabo San Lucas. Luckily, as of this writing, there have been no deaths reported, though many were injured during the chaos of the storm. Flying glass and debris accounting for much of the injuries.
Tourists on vacation and locals alike took cover in local shelters, though even some of those were badly damaged and destroyed. Many stories are trickling in via Facebook and other Internet sources. Most power poles are down and so are many of the communication systems in the region. Incredible rainfall amounts were reported and have caused flooding, mudslides and lots of damage to homes, resorts and businesses. The many resorts in the area suffered damage as well and many guests took shelter wherever they could during the intense parts of the storm.
Cabo is of course known for its incredible fishing and the fleets of boats were subjected to a beating. Most were reported as surviving though incurring damage, while others were not so lucky and went down for various reasons.
“I am okay. All my communication services are down at the house. I have cell and Internet at the marina but that’s it. Boat is fine. House suffered water damage but no windows broke. I have a large patio on my second story and the drains clogged. I took a nap on my couch and woke up to a waterfall down my staircase.
The first part of the storm seemed rather mild and once the eye passed over I figured that was the worst of it. Boy was I wrong.
The back end of the storm brought the most wind and rain I have ever seen. I have a concrete house and you could feel the walls shake.
There is heavy damage all over town. Many buildings are destroyed. All the high-tension power lines are down. About half of all power poles in town are down. Many lost their homes in the poorly built areas.
The marina is a disaster area, but I would say over 90-percent of boats are okay. The ones that took all their outriggers and cloth material down did well. Those that did not suffered damages.
A few boats sunk, probably due to bad batteries unable to run bilge pumps. The marina slips held up for the most part. A few fell apart. Just about all the end ties ripped apart and some were drifting with big boats still tied to them so you can imagine the damage they did to the boats they came in contact with. Several boats on east side had their bow pulpits ripped out. It will probably be about a week before boats can get out to fish but not sure.
The destruction to the town will take much longer to fix. Hope I never see this again.
I have lots of video and will try to get it up as soon as my DSL line is up.”
We at BD wish all of our friends and everyone in Cabo and the surrounding areas well. Stay safe and persevere.