The Disaster: As this hurricane swept up the Pacific coast heading for the Baja Peninsula it caused only minor damage in the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Jalisco but then steadily increased in power. By September 15th, when it slammed into Cabo San Lucas, its 130-mile per hour-sustained winds would earn it the dubious distinction of being the strongest storm on record to ever hit this tourist mecca. After ravaging the town and leaving upwards of 30,000 tourists stranded, the storm proceeded to track straight up the spine of the peninsula, destroying infrastructure and knocking out 90 percent of the power grid. Damages are estimated to be upwards of 1 billion dollars with Cabo reporting the brunt of it.
The State of Recovery: All major roads in Baja reopened and power grid back on line. Cabo San Lucas is rebuilding with 80 percent of hotels reopened and all major services restored.
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