While the world's attention was riveted on the devastation
being caused in Texas by Hurricane Harvey, Tropical Storm Lidia was all but
ignored by news organizations when it slammed into the Los Cabos section of
Mexico's Baja Sur region on Sept. 1.
Although it was nowhere near as devastating as Harvey, two
Los Cabos resorts were damaged to the point that they were forced to close.
They are only now preparing to reopen.
The Riu Palace Los Cabos will reopen Wednesday, and its
sister property, the Riu Santa Fe Los Cabos, remains closed until the end of
According to news reports, four people were killed in the
storm. Los Cabos Mayor Arturo de la Rosa Escalante told CBS News that two people
were electrocuted by power lines, a woman drowned after being swept away by
water on a flooded street and a baby was ripped from a mother's arms as she
crossed a flooded area.
Video after the fact showed cars on the beach, roads covered
in mud and part of a resort pool collapsed into the beach.
According to a statement from the Los Cabos Tourism
Authority, beaches were closed through the middle of last week and a number of
hotels sustained minor damage but are now fully operational.
The Riu hotels apparently were the only properties forced to
close. Riu officials did not post any information on their websites about
damage at the properties, but a spokeswoman said the company was working hard
to get the hotels reopened. Virginia Casado said the Riu Palace would reopen on
Sept. 13, and the Riu Santa Fe was set to reopen Sept. 23. She did not provide details
about the extent of the damage.
The tourism board on Monday said the airport is fully
operational, tourist activity is back to normal, and most hotels are operating
at full capacity.