Mexico Begins Digging Out from Destruction of Hurricane Willa


Residents on Mexico’s Pacific Coast on Wednesday began clearing up the wreckage left by Hurricane Willa, which ripped through towns overnight, tearing off rooftops, downing power lines and splitting trees apart.

Willa, a powerful Category 3 hurricane, hit the northwestern state of Sinaloa late on Tuesday as one of the strongest storms to lash the coast in recent years, with winds of up to 120 miles per hour (195 km per hour).
“I thought it was the end of the world,“ Alma Rosa Ramirez, a 45-year-old resident of the town of Escuinapa, told her how her whole house behaves in the erupting winds.

With the sun set and the wind almost to a standstill, Ramirez and the other inhabitants took to the streets to collect debris, and the emergency teams began to rebuild basic services.

Ramirez came to the small fruit and vegetable stand in the shade of a large stone church in the central square of Escuinapa and said he was afraid that the storm had ruined the agricultural area where he would sell carrots, zucchini and strawberries.

”There will be a lot of poverty,“ he said.

No deaths were reported, as thousands of people were evacuated from coastal towns and resorts before the storm hit.

“The population has closed down over time,” said Luis Felipe Puente, president of the country’s Civil Defense Organization.
On the other side of Escuinapa, a 74-year-old retired Virginia Medina sat in a white plastic chair and suffered a 4-week-old kitten.

Willa showed a little compassion to him: a metal corrugated roof collapsed, accumulated water in the kitchen and drooping branches looked at the Medina’s front porch and the backyard.

. I can’t even walk in my back yard. No more power, no gas, nothing,, said Medina.

Power outages
Behind a two-lane highway in the southwest of Escuinapa, workers from the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission headed towards numerous power lines.

Noe Mauricio, a worker wearing a yellow helmet and orange waistcoat, stopped on the road directing traffic in the rain. He said it could take two weeks to re-establish power in the region.

Mauricio does it as fast as possible, but Mauricio says that all of them have fallen by the wind.

A map of the area showed the Los Canales lagoon on one side of the highway. The flood waters were filled to the other side, leaving the tops of some trees and a fence out.

Willa struck the shore about 80 km south of Mazatlan, a major city and tourist resort in Sinaloa.

The hurricane had progressed to the market, on the five-stage Saffir-Simpson scale, rarely in Category 5 status, and had winds approaching 160 miles per hour (260 km / h).

The storm was spreading in northwest-central Mexico on Wednesday, scattering until mid-morning. Heavy rainfall in the region was expected to fall.

The Miami-based US Hurricane Hurricane Center, until then, said the storm was blowing winds blowing a maximum of 120 miles west of Monterrey (25 km).

Before the arrival of Willa, the torrential rain in Mexico had increased the risk of flooding, and the NHC said the storm could hold some areas under 18 inches (45 cm) of rain.

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