These are the hurricanes that have marked Sinaloa


These events have marked the lives of Sinaloans, as it is common that in each hurricane season society remembers the moments of uncertainty they experienced

MAZATLAN.- During the second half of the 20th century and up to the present, there have been meteorological phenomena ( hurricanes and storms) that have hit our state hard, leaving human and economic losses in their wake.  

These events have marked the lives of Sinaloans, since it is common that in each hurricane season society remembers the moments of terror, fear and uncertainty that they experienced.  

Next, we leave you a list of the most remembered hurricanes by all Sinaloans.  

Hurricane Olivia 

Hurricane Olivia was considered the worst hurricane to hit Mazatlán, Sinaloa. The storm initially moved northwest, followed by a turn to the northeast. 

On October 23, Olivia attained hurricane status and reached Category 3 intensity on the Saffir-Simpson scale the following day just before moving to the coast of Mazatlán in northwestern Mexico.  

Olivia destroyed 7,000 houses in the region, leaving 30,000 people homeless and damage amounting to $20 million (1975 USD, $96.2 million 2021 USD). The hurricane killed 30 people, 20 of them drowned in shrimp boats. 

Hurricane Liza 

This hurricane reached category 4 on September 30, 1976 before strongly hitting the southern Baja California peninsula, Sonora, and Sinaloa; It impacted the bay of La Paz leaving great devastation in its wake, and to date, more than 45 years after the event, there is no official death toll.  

At first it was said that 600 people died, however, since then it has been speculated that the victims could be between 2,000 and up to 5,000.  

In Sinaloa, this hurricane directly affected Los Mochis, Ahome. The natural phenomenon left 10,000 victims, with total damages of 3 million pesos. 

Hurricane Paul 

Hurricane Paul was a particularly deadly and destructive 1982 Pacific hurricane, killing a total of 1,625 people and causing $520 million in damage.  

The sixteenth named storm and tenth hurricane of the 1982 Pacific hurricane season, Paul developed as a tropical depression off the coast of Central America on September 18. The depression briefly moved inland two days later, just before heading west offshore.  

The storm changed little in strength for several days until September 25, when it slowly intensified into a tropical storm. Two days later, Paul attained hurricane status and further strengthened to Category 2 intensity after turning to the north.  

The hurricane then accelerated to the northeast, reaching maximum winds of 110 to 175 km/h. Paúl made landfall in Baja California Sur on September 29 and subsequently moved ashore in Sinaloa the following day. 

On September 30, 1982 Guasave woke up underwater, Paúl, although it did not directly impact the municipality, it did destroy all its infrastructure, fallen trees and poles everywhere, without drinking water and without communication by roads and paths. 

Hurricane Lane 

Hurricane Lane was the thirteenth named storm, ninth hurricane, and sixth major hurricane of the 2006 Pacific  hurricane season.

The strongest Pacific hurricane to make landfall in Mexico since 2002’s Hurricane Kenna, Lane developed on September 13 from a tropical wave southwest of Mexico. It moved northwestward, parallel to the coast of Mexico, and steadily strengthened in an area ripe for further strengthening.  

After turning to the northeast, Lane reached maximum winds of 205 km/h, and made landfall in the state of Sinaloa at maximum force. It quickly weakened and dissipated on September 17, later bringing precipitation to the southern part of the state of Texas. 

Throughout his career, Lane resulted in four deaths and property damage. The heaviest damage was in Sinaloa, where the hurricane made landfall, including reports of severe damage to crops.  

In that state, it is estimated that four thousand homes were affected by the cyclone, with about 248 thousand people affected.  

Hurricane Wila 

Hurricane Willa was the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in the Mexican state of Sinaloa since Hurricane Lane in 2006. 

The 22nd named storm, 13th, 10th major (Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale Category 3 to major), and third consecutive Category 5 hurricane (Lane and Walaka) of the hyperactive hurricane season in the 2018 Pacific. 

The origins of Hurricane Willa was a tropical zone, the wave that the National Hurricane Center (NHC) began monitoring tropical cyclogenesis in the southwestern Caribbean Sea on October 14. The system later crossed Central America into the Eastern Pacific, without significant organization.  

On October 21, Willa strengthened into a Category 4 major hurricane, before strengthening further to Category 5 intensity the following day.  

Subsequently, a combination of an eyewall replacement cycle and increased wind shear weakened the hurricane, and early on October 24, Willa made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane, in northwestern Sinaloa. from Mexico.  

After making landfall, Willa rapidly weakened and dissipated later the same day over northeastern Mexico. 

Hurricane Pamela 

Hurricane Pamela was one of a number of Category 1 Pacific hurricanes to cause seven deaths and $10 million worth of damage in the northwestern and western states of Mexico in October 2021. The sixteenth named storm and the seventh hurricane to the 2021 Pacific hurricane season, the storm originated in a tropical area over the Atlantic basin, over the Caribbean Sea.  

Pamela caused widespread flooding and blackouts in Sinaloa, Nayarit, Durango and Coahuila. 

Many agricultural crops, trees, houses and cabins in the affected areas were damaged or destroyed in the aftermath of the storm. Many rivers also overflowed their banks, affecting and submerging many cars and establishments. Many people lost their homes due to the Pamela floods.


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