Baja California Sur, Mexico — One person has reportedly died after a landslide along the federal highway leading to the southern coast of Jalisco. The slide was the result of heavy rains by Hurricane Olaf.
On Saturday, the Government of Jalisco reported the death along with a major power outage that affected more than 205,000 area residents. Heavy rains began to hit the region Wednesday as Olaf approached the coast of Jalisco as as storm.
By Thursday night, Olaf had gained hurricane strength, causing the landslide. Preliminary information by the Secretariat of Security reported the death of three people from inside a trailer, however, rescue personnel from Civil Protection revealed that only one man died after being partially buried by the falling debris.
Category 2 Olaf landed near San Jose del Cabo at 10:00 p.m. Thursday night with 100 mph winds, according to U.S.-based National Hurricane Center (NHC). The Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) said that Olaf’s heavy rains and winds in the state of Baja California Sur affected 205,866 users.
On Sunday, CFE reported that electric power was restored to 91 percent of those affected in Baja California Sur.
Around 20,000 tourists were forced to stay inside their hotels as Hurricane Olaf hit the Los Cabos resort area, while dozens of flights were canceled, said Lilzi Orcí, president of the Los Cabos Hotels Association. The State Council of Civil Protection of Baja California Sur did not report any deaths.