Hurricane Olaf makes landfall in Mexico near tourist area

Hurricane Olaf landed near a resort area in Mexico’s Baja California Sur on Thursday evening, bringing winds of 100 miles per hour and the risk of up to 15 inches of rain, forecasters said.

The hurricane hit the US National Hurricane Center near San Jose del Cabo, on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, around 9 p.m. local time called.

The hurricane had estimated maximum sustained winds of 100 mph when it crossed into land, forecasters said.

Restaurant workers leave sacks filled with sand at the entrance of the store ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Olaf in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico on September 9, 2021.Monserrat Zavala / Reuters

It was expected to bring 5 to 10 inches of rain with maximums of 15 inches by Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center called. A storm surge is also said to lead to flooding.

The hurricane is expected to move northwest and is predicted to move west across the Pacific Ocean and out of land by late Friday or early Saturday.

Before the hurricane hit land, authorities closed ports and ordered residents in flood-prone areas to move to emergency shelters.

The resorts would normally be packed with tourists this time of year, but with the Covid-19 pandemic, hotels were way below that, The Associated Press reported.

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