Tropical Storm Lidia swept through the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico on Saturday, as massive rain hit the region resulting in flooded streets and homes, property damage and the death of at least four people. But authorities are now under the belief that the death toll will continue to rise as emergency crews respond to the affected areas.
Update (9/4/17; 6:07 P.M.): Tropical Storm Lidia has developed into a Category 4 hurricane over night.
Homes have been ransacked, tourists are stranded and people are seeking shelter. Local networks in the region showed their audiences a video of vehicles being swept away by floods.
Arturo de la Rosa Escalante, the mayor of the twin resorts of Los Cabos, informed the public on Friday about the four confirmed deaths: two died after being electrified by power lines, a woman drowned to death, and a baby was ripped from a mother’s arm while she crossed through a flood.
State Tourism Secretary Luis Genero Ruiz reports that at least 20 thousand tourists are stranded as a result of Tropical Storm Lidia. Airlines have effectively suspended flights to the area. Meanwhile, 1,400 people sought refuge in storm shelters as Lidia flooded the streets.
Tropical Storm Lidia Map & Path
Here’s a map of Tropical Storm Lidia’s trajectory. The storm has slightly weakened, but not before laying havoc to the Baja California Peninsula of Mexico
When Did Tropical Storm Lidia Hit Mexico?
According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Lidia officially made landfall early on Friday, hitting west of La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur state. On Saturday, the storm decreased its intensity to 75 kph. By Sunday, the storm is expected to become a remnant low pressure system.
Lidia’s rains has hailed down over much of Mexico, including the capital. The flooding was blamed for the city airport being briefly shut down. At the time, the storm was stationed 115 kilometres east-southeast of Punta Eugenia and heading 19 kph northwest.
Will this Tropical Storm Lidia affect the United States?
The U.S. National Hurricane Center reports that some of the storm’s tropical moisture will end up affecting the U.S. desert Southwest over the Labor Day weekend, including parts of western Arizona, southern California and southern Nevada. Thunderstorms and scattered showers are expected to hit these areas.