Hurricane Rina – October 26, 2011

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Well, we have made it quite far into the year’s hurricane season and things on the Yucatan coast have been relatively uneventful up until now. But with just over a month left in the 2011 official hurricane season, Rina is currently a Category One Hurricane and expected to hit near Cozumel and Cancun by Thursday. We have been checking the National Hurricane Center daily since arriving in Mexico this summer. (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/)

It is really quite amazing and you are definitely well informed ahead of time when a hurricane is headed your way. We had signed up for the travel.gc.ca before leaving Canada and I am impressed that we actually receive emails from the Canadian government on Travel Warnings. We are also getting updates from Ellyne’s godson, who is a disaster relief Comander in the US military, who keeps her in touch with weather events. His site is Crown Weather Services and he really translates things for you in layman’s terms. And of course everybody we know is constantly sending out emails on the latest updates.

We have made sure we have followed all the checklists we could find in trying to be prepared. A great site was http://www.ready.gov/america/beinformed/hurricanes.html with checklists for families and activities for the kids to do.

We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of what may only be a tropical storm at this point but hopefully we are prepared.

5 Responses to “Hurricane Rina – October 26, 2011”

  1. Grandma and Grandpa says:

    Hi guys. Glad to see that Hurricane Rina has not struck your area yet. It looks like it might veer east. Hoping it will not affect your tides as you are quite close to the water and it probably wouldn’t take much of a storm serge to send waves through your back door! Praying that you will all stay safe and that you’ll have to wait for the hurricane season next year before you see any action. Love mom

    • Kurt says:

      Yes, it does seem that Hurricane Rina may become a Tropical Storm before it gets to us, which would only have winds of 39-73MPH…Not sure but I think a tropical storm may be sufficient for us! Of course there is something following Rina and we will continue to watch that one as well. Rina really seems to be focusing on Cozumel and Cancun and we may avoid the brunt of the storm. Right now even Evan is sleeping soundly and feeling quite safe. After he scared another family who was not aware of the storm coming, in his words “no no it is not just a rain storm, it is a hurricane and when it hits everything goes splat!”

      • Kurt says:

        Well today sure brought some blue sunny skies and there are two cruise ships at our port! The town is crawling with tourists which is great for local businesses. You would never know there is a hurricane or tropical storm only hours away. The satellite shows it moving away from us already and turning towards Cuba.

  2. Grandma and Grandpa says:

    Hi Guys
    It’s 4:30 a.m. our time and I just had to get up to see another Hurricane report. It looks like Rina may be downgraded to a tropical storm but I’m still wondering about the storm serge as you don’t have a lot between your place and the water and I’m not too impressed with having you washed out to sea. I phoned grandpa to give him the latest and he’s ordered me back to bed. So, hoping you are still sleeping and not in the process of evacuating right now.
    Mom

  3. Michelle says:

    Hi Kurt,
    I am a reporter with the Canadian Press, and I am trying to do a story on Canadians currently in Mexico and how they are preparing for Hurricane Rina. If you’d be willing to chat with me by phone for about five minutes, please send me an email at the address I provided above and let me know a convenient time when I can call you.
    Many thanks, and hope you and your family stay safe,
    Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press


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