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Acapulco was built to withstand earthquakes, but not Hurricane Otis’ destructive winds. How building codes failed

Acapulco wasn’t prepared when Hurricane Otis struck as a powerful Category 5 storm on Oct. 25, 2023. The short notice as the storm rapidly intensified over the Pacific Ocean wasn’t the only problem—the Mexican resort city’s buildings weren’t designed to handle anything close to Otis’ 165 mph winds.Acapulco wasn’t prepared when Hurricane Otis struck as a powerful Category 5 storm on Oct. 25, 2023. The short notice as the storm rapidly intensified over the Pacific Ocean wasn’t the only problem—the Mexican resort city’s buildings weren’t designed to handle anything close to Otis’ 165 mph winds.

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