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Hurricane Otis in Mexico

Hurricane Otis roared ashore on Mexico's pacific coast shortly after midnight on Wednesday 25 October 2023 with 165mph winds and torrential rainfall, Acapulco was among the areas worst hit with 80% of the resort's hotels damaged and streets flooded.

Otis is the strongest ever storm to make landfall on Mexico's west coast. The hurricane underwent explosive intensification from a Category 1 to Category 5 in just 12 hours, catching forecasters by surprise.

It took nearly a full day for authorities to partially reopen the main highway connecting Acapulco to the state capital Chilpancingo and Mexico City. The vital ground link allowed dozens of emergency vehicles, personnel and trucks carrying supplies to reach the battered city's port.

Acapulco's commercial and military airports were still too badly damaged to resume flights, though Mexico's president said the plan was to establish an air bridge to move in resources to help set up rescue operations.

 

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Type of Event:Hurricane
Location of Event:Mexico
Date of Charter Activation:2023-10-25
Time of Charter Activation:18:55
Time zone of Charter Activation:UTC-05:00
Charter Requestor:CENAPRED
Activation ID:847
Project Management:Némiga Xanat Antonio (Autonomous University of Mexico State)
Value Adding:Konstantin Homenkov (Geoniformation systems)
NOAA
Inegi
Copernicus EMS (Copernicus EMS)
Teodoro Hunger (UNITAR/UNOSAT)
Adan Salazar (Mexican Space Agency-Autonomous University of Mexico State)
Isabel Cruz (CONABIO)
Academia Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo A.C.
Activation handled in collaboration with Copernicus Emergency Management Service

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Areas affected by Hurricane Otis on the Acapulco Coast, Mexico
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Report produced by the Copernicus Emergency Service.

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Acquired: 28/10/2023

Source: WorldView-3

Category: Grading Map

Areas affected by Hurricane Otis in Acapulco, Mexico

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Copyright: Includes material © AIRBUS DS (2023)
Report produced by the Copernicus Emergency Services.

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Acquired: 29/11/2023

Source: Pleiades NEO

Category: Grading Map

A Map of Damaged Buildings and Residential Areas in Zona Costera, Laguna Coyuca, Mexico

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2023), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by UE Geoinformation Systems.

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Acquired: 07/11/2023

Source: Pleiades

Category: Grading Map

A Map of Damaged Buildings and Temporary Shelters in Zona Costera, Acapulco, Mexico

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2023), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by UE Geoinformation Systems.

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Acquired: 07/11/2023

Source: Pleiades

Category: Grading Map

Damaged Buildings after Hurricane Otis in the Western part of Zona Costera, Mexico

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2023), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by UE Geoinformation Systems.

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Acquired: 01/11/2023

Source: Pleiades

Category: Grading Map

Regional Map of Flooding in the Acapulco region, Mexico

Copyright: RADARSAT Constellation Mission Imagery © Government of Canada (2023) - RADARSAT is an official mark of the Canadian Space Agency
Map produced by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

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Acquired: 27/10/2023

Source: RCM

Category: Delineation Map

Map of damaged roads after Hurricane Otis in the Costera area, Mexico

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2023), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by Geo-Information Systems.

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Acquired: 01/11/2023

Source: Pleiades

Category: Grading Map

Preliminary Satellite Derived Damage Assessment of Acapulco town, Acapulco de Juárez Municipality, Guerrero State, Mexico

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Report produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT.

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Acquired: WorldView-2: 12/10/2023 and 31/10/2023
GeoEye-1: 06/01/2023

Source: WorldView-2 and GeoEye-1

Category: Reference Map

Preliminary satellite-derived damage assessment, Guerrero State, Mexico

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WorldView-3 © (2023) DigitalGlobe, Inc., Longmont CO USA 80503.
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Report produced by UNOSAT/UNITAR.

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Acquired: Pleiades: 29/10/2023 and 30/10/2023
WorldView-3: 27/10/2023

Source: Pleiades and WorldView-3

Category: Reference Map

The Extent of Flooding after Hurricane Otis in the Costera area, Mexico

Copyright: USGS/NASA Landsat Program
Map produced by Geo-Information Systems.

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Acquired: 31/10/2023

Source: Landsat-9

Category: Delineation Map

Map of Flooding after Hurricane Otis in Papagayo, Mexico

Copyright: © Planet Labs Inc. (2023)
Map produced by Geo-Information Systems.

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Acquired: 23/10/2023 and 29/10/2023

Source: PlanetScope

Category: Delineation Map

Areas affected by Flooding from Hurricane Otis in the Costera area, Mexico

Copyright: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2023)
Map produced by Geo-information Systems.

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Acquired: 24/10/2023 and 28/10/2023

Source: Sentinel-1

Category: Delineation Map

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