Tropical Storm Lidia Crosses Mexico City, Hits Luxury Resorts

| September 1 , 2017 , 09:53 IST

Tropical Storm Lidia which formed over the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, continued wrecking havoc in Mexico since its landfall on Thursday night at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. The storm resulted in torrential rainfall across large areas of the country, prompting officials to evacuate the local residents.

Reaching inland as far as the national capital of Mexico City, the Storm Lidia hit the plush Mexican resort area of Los Cabos. The strip of luxury resorts besides the pristine, turquoise-water beaches, that are collectively known as Los Cabos, draw more than a million tourists annually.

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In the capital Mexico City, heavy rains due to Storm Lidia caused a huge cave-in on a central street on Thursday, leaving a gaping hole 10 meters wide and 7 meters deep only steps away from the city's popular thoroughfare Paseo de la Reforma.

Due to the storm, the international airport in Mexico City cancelled 18 flights and diverted 40 arriving planes on Wednesday. One of the flights carrying Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai was on was also cancelled. Malala had been on her way to give a speech when she had to be temporarily diverted to Cancun 1,600 km away.

As Storm Lidia crossed 30 kilometers southwest of Cabo San Lucas, with maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour, the US National Hurricane Center has reported that the storm is expected to sweep over the Baja California peninsula during Friday night.

"We have already started evacuations" the national emergency response coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said.