CNBC is reporting on the damage caused by Hurricane Otis.
Hurricane Otis, which rapidly intensified into a Category 5 storm, wreaked havoc on Acapulco, killing at least 27 people and leaving four missing.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who traveled to the city after the hurricane, highlighted the extensive power outages and the collapse of the municipal water system. Scientists were taken aback by the storm's unexpected intensification. While residents sought shelter during the storm, many later resorted to taking essentials from stores, with some even looting luxury items.
The hurricane's aftermath revealed extensive damage, with fallen trees, power lines submerged in floodwaters, and shattered beachfront hotels. Infrastructure was severely impacted, with Acapulco's commercial and military airports remaining non-operational. Efforts to restore connectivity via the main highway and establish an air bridge for resources were underway.
The devastation in Acapulco, a city with a rich history of attracting tourists and celebrities, but also plagued by organized crime in recent years, surpassed the destruction caused by Hurricane Pauline in 1997.
(This article was written with help from ChatGPT)