Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hurricane Rina Cancun

Hurricane Rina has now been downgraded to Tropical Storm Rina, great news for the Yucatan Peninsula. The storm is located about 145 km south of Cozumel island and is moving at a pace of 9 km/h to the north-northwest with winds about 110 km/h, with gusts up to 139 km/h. (full story here


Hurricane Rina has weakened to a Category 1 hurricane, with sustained winds of 85 mph, moving towards the Yucatan Peninsula at a speed of 6 mph. Reports indicate that she will likely continue to lose strength and the probability is that she will make landfall as a Tropical Storm. (full Hurricane Rina update here)


Hurricane Rina has weakened to a Category 1 hurricane this afternoon, though she is still on track to hit the Yucatan Peninsula on Thursday at hurricane strength. Not much news this afternoon, Cancun remains on "yellow alert" while the southern part of the state continue on "orange alert". Though Rina may have lost some of her strength, authorities are urging people to remain vigilant and to rush to finish preparations before the winds arrive. (full story Hurricane Rina update NEW PICS)


Hurricane Rina continues her path towards the Yucatan Peninsula this morning, currently a Category 2 though she is expected convert to a dangerous Category 3 before striking the coast of the Riviera Maya and Cancun on Thursday. A hurricane warning is in effect for the entire coast of Quintana Roo and the state government has issued an "orange alert" for municipalities in the south (full story Hurricane Rina update)


Hurricane Rina continues to strengthen in the Atlantic basin, now a strong category 2 hurricane with expectations of developing into a category 3 Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. At 5 pm CST, Hurricane Rina was located approximately 430 km south of Chetumal (southernmost city in Quintana Roo, the state where Cancun and the Riviera Maya are located).  Rina is moving west north-west slowly at 3 mph, heading towards Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula with winds around 110 mph. Current models have Rina moving towards the coast of the Riviera Maya for a possible strike on Thursday. (full story Hurricane Rina update)


Hurricane Rina Cancun Tuesday Oct. 25th, 7 am

Hurricane Rina formed as a tropical depression in the Atlantic basin Sunday evening and quickly converted into a category one hurricane on Monday. She became a hurricane after only 21 hours of becoming a tropical depression, the second fastest intensification in history after Hurricane Humberto of 2007. Waking up today, Tuesday, she has gathered strength and is now a category 2.

Current models have Hurricane Rina on track to impact the Yucatan Peninsula and the coast of the Riviera Maya and Cancun on Thursday, possibly as a strong category 3 hurricane. Listening to a radio report this morning, the meteorologist predicted that the movements of Rina will bring her up the entire coastline of the Riviera Maya, all residents of Quintana Roo must take precautions. The government has issued a hurricane "watch" and residents are being asked to make the necessary preparations. Heavy rains and winds are expected but it is the waves and storm surge that causes the most worry in a case like this.

For residents, the precautions include securing outside areas like gardens to ensure there are no objects that may become projectiles, filling tinacos and cisterns (water tanks) to ensure a water supply and so that they do not fly around the neighbourhood. Gas tanks and satellite dishes must be secured. Clear any debris. Indoors be sure to gather vital paper documents in a plastic bag, protect electronic equipment and move delicate items away from windows. Some suggest taping windows to prevent the glass from flying if they should break, others will board up the windows with wood if possible. Be prepared for an electricity outage with flashlights and batteries and a radio, charge cel phones and laptops and have a cooler with ice for food (and drinks). Withdraw enough cash for a few days in case the ATMs go down and fill the car with gas. Ensure your pets are safe, have a place to "do their business" indoors and have adequate food. Contact family outside of the city to inform them of the situation. Foreigners should contact their consulates and update their location. Expect electricity to be turned off in advance of the storm and the "ley seca" (dry law) to be implemented. Monitor the storm on your favourite hurricane site, I am a big fan of Dr. Jeff Masters on Wunderground and of course the National Hurricane Center.

Tourists in the region should discuss with their hotel staff the emergency procedures and ask about the location of the shelters. This information should be passed to family back home and the consulate of your country. Pack your things, secure documents and buy a few essentials like alcohol hand gel, extra toilet paper and non-perishable foods. Hotels will absolutely take good care of you and will have a plan in place to ensure your safety and relative comfort should an evacuation be ordered. (As of this moment there is no order for evacuations). Bring something to entertain yourself during the storm, a deck of cards, books, something for the kids to colour. There is unofficial word that the airport may be closed on Thursday morning, please contact your travel agents to discuss any changes and your travel insurance coverage.

As a resident of Cancun we must always be aware of the weather situation and we monitor storms like this closely. As a survivor of Hurricane Wilma, there is no sense of fear or anxiety, I know we can survive anything, but I must take the necessary precautions. There is NO NEED TO PANIC, we will get wet, we will get wind, but if you use common sense, your physical safety is not in jeopardy. Stay informed, secure your home and your family and do not do anything stupid like go outside during the hurricane or drink yourself into oblivion. Yes, most of us who live here will be passing the time with family and friends, perhaps having a few drinks and playing dominos, but we must be aware that we may need to deal with a crisis at any moment.

I will be posting updates on  my Cancun Canuck Facebook page and on Twitter, if we lose power I'll do my best to update from my phone as long as there is service. Please do not ask me what the effects will be on your trip for next week or next month, I couldn't even guess what may happen, though if you have a trip scheduled this week, I would recommend rethinking your plans.

Tuesday October 25th, 7:05 am CST (please note the date and time of this post as information may change)


KfromMichigan said...

Praying you will be safe! And have lots of tuna fish on hand!

Marc Olson said...

Saw your interview. Play if safe.

MACMAN said...

I feel really bad for the locals and tourists of the Yucatan Peninsula. Hopefully this Hurricane won't be so bad, not like Wilma that hit this area in 2005. I remember, when Wilma hit, the swimming with the dolphins Cancun facility was almost wiped out, but now has totally rebuilt. I hope they built the place much stronger for this hurricane. Lets hope and pray everything turns out OK for them there!

Steve Cotton said...

I am not one to give this advice after deciding to ride out Jova. But here it is two Pythonesque words: RUN AWAY!

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