Beach-goers look out to sea as Hurricane Otis approaches
Beach-goers look out to sea as Hurricane Otis approaches the Mexican tourist resort of Acapulco AFP

Hurricane Otis, which intensified Tuesday while moving toward Mexico's Pacific beach resort of Acapulco, left nearly one million people without electricity or internet service.

Videos on social media showed the devastating impact on the Mexican city due to massive floods caused by the Category 5 storm. No casualties have been reported yet.

One of the X users shared a video of a hotel that got its windows shattered and furniture destroyed. "After Hurricane Otis made landfall in Acapulco," the user wrote alongside the video, showing himself in shock.

In another aftermath video, a person showed how the blue color of Acapulco's beach turned brown:

Other footage showed fallen trees, clothes, and broken furniture on the streets. Several images also showed toppled trees and power lines.

Jakob Sauczuk, who was staying with his friends at a beachfront hotel when the storm hit, said, "We laid down on the floor and some between beds. We prayed a lot," AP News reported.

Sauczuk slammed the hotel, saying the guests were not given any warning or safe shelter during the storm.

An auto parts worker named Pablo Navarro, who had taken up residence temporarily at a 13-story beachfront hotel, said he thought he wouldn't survive the storm.

"I took shelter in the bathroom, and thankfully the door held," Navarro said. "But there were some rooms where the wind blew out the windows and the doors."

Later, when Navarro went to a discount grocery and household goods near the hostel, he witnessed hundreds of people wrestling and looting everything, including hot dogs, toilet paper, flat-screen TVs, and more.

"This is out of control," he said about the situation.

Isabel de la Cruz, a resident of Acapulco who lost her home's tin roof and important documents in the hurricane, also filled her shopping cart with toilet paper and diapers.

"When is the government ever going to look after the common people?" she said, AP reported.

One of the stores allowed looters to take away perishable items like food, but tried to stop them from taking appliances; however, people still managed to loot refrigerators.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador made an appeal on social media Wednesday, asking people to move to emergency shelters and away from rivers, streams, and ravines.

Scientists have warned that storms are becoming more powerful as the world gets warmer with climate change.

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