Mexico City, Aug 18 (EFE).- The Mexican government deployed on Friday almost 19,000 Armed Forces members in response to the advance of Hurricane Hilary, which could make landfall this weekend in the Baja California peninsula.
“There are 18,738 soldiers in a preventive attitude, community kitchens, machinery, equipment, everything,” said Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
In the latest National Meteorological Service (SMN) warning, Hilary was 640 kilometers (398 miles) south of Cabo San Lucas, northern Mexico’s most popular tourist destination.
The phenomenon, which emerged Wednesday as a tropical storm, is advancing with winds of 230 km per hour and gusts of 280 km per hour.
“We are monitoring the Pacific hurricane, and the authorities are already in preventive activity, the Army with the plan for emergency attention. Today we were briefed with everything they are doing regarding mobilization of men and equipment, ” the president added.
Due to the advance of the hurricane, the SMN has activated emergency protocol in the affected area in coordination with the US National Hurricane Center. EFE