MEXICO CITY (AP) — Lidia dissipated Wednesday after making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near the resort town of Puerta Vallarta, where one person was killed by a falling tree and two others injured.
The hurricane toppled trees and blew roofs off homes with winds reaching 140 mph before moving inland.
Laura Velázquez, head of Mexico’s civil protection system, said one person died in the northern suburbs of Puerto Vallarta after being struck by a falling tree and two others were injured elsewhere in the region.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tuesday that Lidia’s winds dropped to 35 mph as it dissipated about 145 miles (235 kilometers) north-northeast of the city of Guadalajara, the second-largest city in the Mexico and the capital of the western state of Jalisco.
Lidia made landfall on a sparsely populated peninsula, then moved inland, south of Puerto Vallarta, still with winds of 105 mph (165 km/h).
Victor Hugo Romo, head of the Jalisco state civil protection office, said the roofs of several houses around the landing zone had been torn off and the municipality of Puerto Vallarta said a dozen Trees had been cut down there.
Trees were also felled in the neighboring state of Nayarit.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Lidia’s eye appeared to have made landfall near Las Penitas, near Cabo Corrientes, a sparsely populated peninsula.
Lidia remained a powerful hurricane even after crossing land, with some highways briefly blocked in the area.
The state has 23 open shelters, he said. The Puerto Vallarta municipality said a few dozen people had gone to shelters there.
In 2015, Hurricane Patricia, a Category 5 hurricane, also made landfall on the same sparsely populated stretch of coastline between the resort town of Puerto Vallarta and the main port of Manzanillo.
Local authorities have canceled classes in communities around the coast. The expected impact came a day after Tropical Storm Max hit the southern Pacific coast, hundreds of miles away, and then dissipated. Max’s rains washed out part of a coastal highway in the southern state of Guerrero.
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