Residents living at ground zero of Hurricane Willa have longest night of their life

A day after the passage of Hurricane Willa, which caused a night of panic and terror, the residents of the Escuinapa, Sinaloa awake to a harsh reality, with damages, but thankful that so far there were not any confirmed deaths.

The sky looks clean, without the presence of rain, the flooded streets show the ravages of the storm that entered last night as a category 3 hurricane, with fallen trees, collapsed posts and other obvious damage, in addition to destroyed fences.

From dawn, elements of the secretaries of the Navy and the National Defense, as well as crews of the Federal Electricity Commission ( CFE ) walk the streets, offering support and trying to recover the normality of the town.

One of the buildings most affected by Willa was the General Hospital, where roof panels fell, glass broke and it was necessary to take three patients, including a pregnant woman, to other health centers in Mazatlan.

A nurse showed Notimex the internist room, with the roof completely destroyed and total abandonment.

Also, the local ranchers lost all the perimeter fence, and the secondary school of the SNTE, the House of Retirees and Pensioners and the park of the Club de Leones also showed damage.

For Octavio Morales, it was a scary night in the hospital, although his mother-in-law was discharged, they had nowhere to go and they slept on the hospital floor overnight.

He said that when the sound of the winds was louder and the lights went out, people panicked, the children shouted, the adults prayed “and I did not know what to do, just hug my wife and try to reassure my mother-in-law, but there was a gas leak and my fear was greater.”

It was a long night for the inhabitants of this municipality in Sinaloa, the municipal palace was flooded, since 7:00 p.m the electric was out and there was no light, only the roar of the wind that hit the windows was heard, and the flow of the water that flooded the buildings.

It was a sleepless night, in the early morning the people who live in the center began to leave their houses, gathering outside and sharing their experience.

Mayor Hugo Enrique Moreno Guzmán confirmed that one of the most affected areas was the port of Teacapan, where the damages are visible, but without a report any deaths.

With dawn, people began to leave the shelters, many already wanted to return to their homes as some left relatives in their homes and others wanted to see what was left of their homes and properties.

Some carry the mattresses on which they slept and with the blankets with which they covered themselves from the cold. The children walk barefoot hand in hand with their mothers, who ask for help from the sailors to return to their communities.

Guadalupe Rangel, a neighbor of the Palmillas colony, who stayed at the Colegio de Bachilleres 42, indicated that she wanted to return home in the early hours, but in the absence of transportation, she decided to walk, and took her two young children by the hand.

Reality continues and daily life takes its course, the locals take out their cell phones to record and take pictures of the damage, although for the taxi driver Oscar Andrade, the hurricane Rosa was more destructive, it was almost 23 years ago, “then we suffered, not like now, but we’re alive, there’s no need to complain.”

Puerto Vallarta News

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