A traveler stranded in Acapulco recounts the terrible conditions. | ET REALITY


Hurricane Otis interrupted some visitors’ tropical vacations and put an end to a mining convention in Acapulco, Mexico, when the storm hit the city early Wednesday.

Among the affected travelers was David Hall, 34, who had arrived Tuesday from Colima, a city about 300 miles northwest of Acapulco. Mr. Hall works in sales and was in Acapulco for the mining convention. “It’s been getting worse since I arrived,” he said of the weather conditions that worsened overnight.

“The wind was so strong, there was a lot of noise,” Hall said in an interview. “It was really scary. “The wind was very, very fast.”

He compared the swaying of the hotel where he was staying, the Princess Mundo Imperial, to a “small earthquake” and added: “It’s a very apocalyptic image.”

Hotel staff, he said, had divided guests into groups and accommodated some of them in large meeting spaces. A video Hall sent from the scene showed hundreds of people packed inside a large meeting space; some were seen chatting with each other, while others were lying on the ground.

Hall said that although the atmosphere was calming Wednesday morning, he was not sure the convention would go ahead.

“I need to find a way to get back to my family,” he said. “This was a work trip and it turned into a really bad situation.”

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