Overall Orange alert Tropical Cyclone for OLAF-21
in Mexico

Event summary

Tropical Cyclone OLAF-21 can have a medium humanitarian impact based on the maximum sustained wind speed, exposed population and vulnerability.

GDACS ID TC 1000825
Name OLAF-21
Glide number: TC-2021-000122-MEX
From - To 07 Sep - 11 Sep
Exposed countries Mexico
Exposed population 310 thousand in Category 1 or higher
Maximum wind speed 157 km/h Category 2
Maximum storm surge 0.4 m (10 Sep 18:00 UTC)
Vulnerability Medium (Mexico)


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Wind Storm surge Rainfall GDACS score
GDACS 157 km/h 0.4 m n.a. 1.5
Single TC: maximum expected impact (wind, storm surge, rainfall)
HWRF 169 km/h 0.6 m 647 mm 0.5
GFS 122 km/h 0.4 m 445 mm 0.5
ECMWF 79 km/h 0.5 m 469 mm 0.5
Beta Version - All weather systems in the area: maximum expected impact (wind, storm surge, rainfall)
Maximum expected impact (wind, storm surge and rainfall) using different data sources.
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Mexico - Tropical Cyclone OLAF (ECHO 10 Sep 2021)Fri, 10 Sep 2021 16:19

  • Tropical Cyclone OLAF made landfall near San Josè del Cabo City (southern Baja California Sur State, Mexico) on 10 September around 3.00 UTC, with maximum sustained winds of 157 km/h (Category 2 Hurricane).
  • According to media, preventive evacuations ahead of OLAF occurred in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo Cities.
  • OLAF is expected to weaken to a Category 1 Hurricane (maximum sustained winds between 120-140 km/h) as it moves north-west over the southern and central Baja California Sur. In the early morning of 11 September, OLAF is forecast to turn westwards, as it reaches the eastern Pacific Ocean.
  • A Hurricane warning has been issued for coastal southern and south-western Baja California Sur and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for coastal areas in central and south-eastern and central-western Baja California Sur. On 10-11 September, heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge are forecast over central and southern Baja California Sur.
Detailed event map. European Union, 2021. Map produced by EC-JRC.
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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EC-JRC (38), (1), DesInventar (1), WMO (1), INFORM (2),