On October 11, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Mexican rescue workers were engaged in the laborious task of cleaning up the aftermath of the powerful Hurricane Lidia. This hurricane had battered Mexico’s Pacific coast, leaving destruction in its wake. The storm, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in the state of Jalisco on the previous evening, resulted in the tragic loss of at least one life, widespread damage to trees and power lines, and significant flooding.
The torrential rains brought by Lidia caused rivers to overflow, leading to the suspension of classes in numerous municipalities. Tragically, a man lost his life when a tree fell on his car during the storm, near the Punta Mita beach resort. This information was conveyed by Miguel Angel Navarro, the governor of Nayarit, which is situated to the north of Jalisco.
In Jalisco, two additional individuals sustained injuries in Autlan de Navarro and Cihuatlan, as reported by Laura Velazquez, the head of Mexico’s civil protection authority, during a government press conference.
By the early hours of Wednesday, Hurricane Lidia had dissipated while passing through the mountainous terrain of western Mexico. At 0400 central time, the remnants of Lidia were located approximately 145 miles (233 km) north-northeast of Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, and were moving northeast at a speed of 23 miles per hour (37 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
Reports from the popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta indicated substantial damage, with homes battered and roads blocked by Lidia as it swept through the area.
Authorities in Nayarit were actively working to clear fallen trees from a federal highway within the Bahia de Banderas municipality. In response to the storm’s impact, numerous people sought overnight shelter in temporary accommodations set up within the municipality.