Soldiers monitor a beach as Hurricane Otis heads toward Acapulco, Mexico, October 24, 2023.
Acapulco was hit on October 9, 1997 by Hurricane Paulina, which made landfall as a category 4. Paulina killed more than 200 people, one of the most serious natural disasters for Mexico outside of the earthquake. .
Last week, Hurricane Norma killed three people a little further north in the state of Sinaloa. Norma made landfall twice, first in the Baja California peninsula, then in the state of Sinaloa.
Caught between the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico is exposed to hurricanes during the season which runs from May to October-November. A dozen depressions per year are likely to turn into more or less devastating hurricanes depending on their point of entry.
The most powerful ever recorded , Patricia, in October 2015, with winds of 325 km/h, however, only caused material damage because it entered the territory through an uninhabited mountainous area.
In September 2013, Hurricane Ingrid in the Gulf and Tropical Storm Manuel in the Pacific simultaneously hit Mexico.
Their interaction constituted a historic phenomenon that had not occurred since 1958, according to the authorities who recorded 157 deaths including victims of landslides.