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October 08, 2014

HURRICANE ODILE, RECORD STORM AND RECOVERY RESPONSE

WILDCOAST is working with agencies on storm recovery response
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Photo courtesy of United 4 Baja
Hurricane Odile has made history as one of the strongest and certainly the most destructive hurricane on record to make landfall on the Baja California Peninsula. It wreaked havoc on the lives of those it touched, and left behind a path of destruction. The Cabo region was among the hardest hit by the storm, once a peaceful tropical paradise, now a region in serious need of recovery assistance. WILDCOAST staffer, Sofia Gomez, was caught in the throes of Odile. Her home and workplace were severely damaged. After three long days of no contact with her due to the loss of phone and internet access in the region, she made a perilous drive to La Paz and let us know she was okay. 

WILDCOAST worked directly with Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza, the International Community Foundation and Lighthawk to conduct aerial surveys of the damage and assist with recovery analyses. We are also working with Selva Negra and Verde Valle to provide provisions to communities impacted by the storm.
 
Luckily Cabo Pulmo National Park weathered the storm and suffered little damage, a tribute to the strength and endurance of this underwater park.