Hurricane Odile hit Los Cabos, Mexico, Sunday night causing damage to houses, stores, resorts, and the airport. Most hotels and resorts have closed as damage is assessed.
Among the hotels that have reported damage include the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, the Sheraton Hacienda del mar and the Westin Los Cabos that sustained wind and rain damage, the Hotel Esperanza that was also damaged by the winds and rain, and the Club Regina that is inaccessible as a mud slide blocked its entrance.
The Category 3 storm made a direct hit on this popular tourist destination brining 125 mph winds and six hours of rain.
The Mexican Government is in the process of restoring the area. More than 5,000 tourists were evacuated via Mexican government airlift system. The National Civil Protection System reports the installation of shelters for more than 11 thousand people.
Much of the electricity in Los Cabos is still out, and the Federal Electricity Commission has deployed additional personnel and equipment in the relief efforts. Currently, emergency electricity plants are being installed in the area.
Some meeting planners are frustrated by the lack of news being released about the damage Hurricane Odile caused.
"There seems to be a bit of black hole of communications about the hurricane that hit Los Cabos. Only short sound bites on the broadcast news, but not nearly the amount of coverage this disaster appears to deserve," said Loretta Lowe, a global event manager based in the San Francisco Bay area. "Ill certainly plan to support their tourism economy once they have been able to restore and rebuild!"