Weather Attack in Acapulco?

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I didn’t hear about this, did you?  Tripped onto this story looking for something else.  So now, is this sort of story going unnoticed?

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BREAKING! FULL MEDIA BLACKOUT! “ACAPULCO Has Been DESTROYED By Another DEW Attack Just Like Maui!” It looks like there was another Maui attack, this time in Acapulco, Mexico. Jeff Berwick who lived in Acapulco for 15 years, reports the EXTREME SHADINESS of what’s happening in Acapulco, Mexico. There was ZERO WARNING from the weather services about a hurricane – LET ALONE A Category 5 HURRICANE! He says people went to bed on Tuesday night, thinking everything was normal and suddenly, 200-mph winds and a massive storm surge basically destroyed Acapulco, which is a nice-sized city of about 700,000 people. 27 people have been reported killed. He has people on the ground, who were finally able to get there, through all the mudslides and here’s what he had to say.….

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  1. Just read update on deaths
    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — At least 48 people died when Category 5 Hurricane Otis slammed into Mexico’s southern Pacific coast, most of them in Acapulco, Mexican authorities said Sunday as the death toll continued to climb and families buried loved ones.

    This is very strange.

    • What’s so strange about people dying during a natural disaster.

      • There weren’t as many of them as one would expect, the buildings are relatively in tact, and it was a HUGE hurricane. Very strange.

  2. Antiochene Son says

    I would say the media is paying more attention to Israel’s war crimes right now.

    The hurricane was terrible. A combination of bad data (there’s next to nothing in terms of weather monitoring equipment in that part of the Pacific, not even Doppler radar) and rapid intensification led the weather models to not get a grasp on the situation fast enough. It was intensifying so rapidly that the hurricane hunters saw the pressure dropping in real time with each pass.

    And I feel bad for anyone depending on the Mexican government for anything. They didn’t get the word out, that doesn’t make it a conspiracy. But they couldn’t have predicted a category 5 forming that fast, not with the data NOAA had to work with.

    To NOAA’s credit, by the third advisory they nailed the landfall location, even if they didn’t predict the timing or intensity.

    • Bill’s Weather Works?

    • I second this, not saying it couldn’t be a weather attack but rapid intensification is nothing unusual for hurricanes. When wind shear is low and ocean temps are high hurricanes tend to take advantage of that.
      Though in our hemisphere you see it more in the Gulf or Atlantic rather than on the Pacific side. Hurricane Michael, Katrina, Andrew, etc., are all examples of rapid intensification. That area of Mexico is also no stranger to intense hurricanes (though usually farther north), Hurricane Patricia is the strongest hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere, in both the Pacific & Atlantic, thought it hit a little further north. There are also other storms (again mainly in the Gulf/Atlantic) that have undergone RI in a similar way.

      Not discounting something more sinister but what Hurricane Otis did is really normal for a hurricane to do when conditions are right.

      *Disclaimer* My degree is not in meteorology, but I am storm spotter/chaser

      • What’s interesting to me is the type of damage left in it’s wake. Wouldn’t you expect to see more than just windows blown out? It was enough to cause chaos and move people out but not enough to permanently damage anything.

        • Yea, when I saw damage pics from Acapulco that’s what I thought too. But when Hurricane rapidly intensify, especially that close to shore right before landfall, the winds (in this instance Cat 5) don’t always translate to the ground.

          When you see meteorologist on TV showing hurricane wind speed they are getting that information from either satellite estimates, or, they’re getting the info from dropsonde sensor data. This is the device that is dropped into hurricanes from Hurricane Hunter airplanes. Given this was Mexico I’m assuming it was from satellite estimates.

          In the instance of the Hurricane Hunter plane there can technically be Category 5 winds at the flight level of the plane but that doesn’t mean it makes it to ground level. Usually they use estimates for surface winds through the massive amount of data.

          Another example of this is Hurricane Michael. It rapidly intensified to Cat 5 just before landfall and even though the damage was severe in PCB and Panama City proper, it’s not what you would expect from a Cat 5.

          Another thing that goes into it is building codes. I’m sure Mexico is probably not the best with this but given the seismic risk and hurricane risk in Mexico, and given Acapulco is a massive resort city, I would imagine their buildings are built to code. Cancun is in the same situation. So what you see in Acapulco from a Cat 5 is probably what you would see in Miami, or other coastal cities that are hurricane-prone.

          What I personally think is more interesting is where it struck. Usually Hurricane on the Mexican pacific coast move West or north and then east, rarely do they recurve like that. Plus, that part of Pacific Mexico isn’t as prone to tropical cyclones as further north.

          But again, my specialty is tornadoes, not so much hurricanes lol

          • You should live in Tulsa, then. Lots and lots and lots of tornados. And they’re sneaky about it, too. They’ll say 100 MPH “winds” rather than say a tornado did it.

            • Oh I’ve been there storm chasing lol. All over Oklahoma.

              Yea it’s weird that they do that, I’ve seen that other places as well.