The coastal resort of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, was hit by Hurricane Lidia on Tuesday evening. The storm made landfall as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane, with wind speeds reaching a staggering 140 mph (220 kph). As it moved inland, Lidia maintained its strength, still classified as a powerful hurricane.
According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Lidia’s eye reached land near Las Penitas in the state of Jalisco. This area is sparsely populated, but the storm’s impact is still devastating. Later, the hurricane moved south of Puerto Vallarta and reached a point about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of the resort and 90 miles (150 kph) west of Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state.
Even after making landfall, Lidia remained a formidable force, with sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph) late Tuesday. Reports from Jalisco and Nayarit states indicate that there have been instances of downed trees, power lines, and landslides along certain highways in the region.
Currently moving east-northeast at a speed of approximately 17 mph (28 kph), Lidia is expected to brush by Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city, around midnight. Meteorologists predict that the hurricane may still retain its Category 1 status during this time. Residents in the affected areas are advised to stay updated on the situation and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety.
Extraordinary Rain and High Surf Generated by Lidia in Mexico
Jalisco, Mexico – Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro reported via the platform X that Lidia, a powerful storm, had caused significant rainfall and high surf in various locations. Fortunately, there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities so far.
Shelters Opened and Residents Seeking Safety
To ensure the safety of the population, the state has opened 23 shelters. In Puerto Vallarta, a few dozen individuals have sought refuge in these shelters, as confirmed by the city government.
A Reminder of Hurricane Patricia
This coastal region, located between the popular resort of Puerto Vallarta and the major port of Manzanillo, has previously experienced the destructive force of hurricanes. In 2015, Hurricane Patricia, a Category 5 hurricane, made landfall here.
Anticipated Heavy Rainfall and Potential Flash Flooding
Lidia is expected to bring heavy rainfall to the region, prompting warnings from the hurricane center about possible flash flooding. Rainfall totals are forecasted to be between 4 and 8 inches, with some areas potentially experiencing up to 12 inches of rainfall. This could affect the state of Nayarit, southern parts of Sinaloa, and coastal areas of Jalisco.