Posted by Tony & Cheri on November 8, 2009
If you’re like us, the phrase “the perfect storm” conjures up giant rogue waves and a tiny boat thrashing about on a wild, dangerous ocean. Tropical Storm Ida, which passed this area last night on her path up north, is our version of the perfect storm…one that never even occurred!
Despite all the preparations for a good sized tropical storm (our first of the season) Ida veered east at the last moment–as storms sometimes do–and managed to have very little impact on Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya last night. There was barely any rain, and certainly no high winds to speak of. It was never going to be a huge storm, but nevertheless people here prepared for it, just in case. But in the end nothing happened. It passed peacefully between the Yucatan peninsula and Cuba…probably the best place a storm can go to avoid impact on human lives.
Even though there was barely any rain or wind, for some reason at least one airline, Jet Blue, cancelled their flights for today. We know this because some guests called last night saying their flights had been cancelled for today and they wouldn’t be arriving until Tuesday. We have NO idea why this would be. Surely Jet Blue had the same information we all had, and we knew by early last evening that this entire area–including Cancun–was completely out of Ida’s projected path. It’s hard to avoid mass panic when even the airlines make decisions like this.
Ida was a relatively late season storm, since hurricane season officially ends December 1. It has been an extremely slow season for us. We’ve had no hurricanes, no tropical storms and barely any rain. We figure it’s about time we got a break down here. We’re looking forward to the beautiful, balmy sunshiny weather that our winter brings, and the huge influx of tourists it brings with it.
In any event, we’re expecting another overcast day or so and then hopefully back to the warm sunshine and gorgeous waters of this magical place we call home, Playa del Carmen. Come and visit, if you can. You won’t regret it.
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Posted by Tony & Cheri on November 7, 2009
Here’s a weather alert we’re giving to all of our guests of the Luna Blue Hotel today regarding Tropical Storm/Hurricane Ida, which is expected to pass through tomorrow:
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Tropical Storm Ida is currently on a path to pass through this area sometime between 7 am Sunday morning and 7 pm Sunday night. A tropical storm will bring a lot of rain and thunderstorms, and winds are expected to be between 40 and 65 mph. It’s quite possible we will lose power during some portion of the storm’s passage, as Mexico sometimes turns off the power during storms for safety reasons. We will put candles in all of the rooms just in case. We will also be removing the outside furniture this afternoon in anticipation of strong winds. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
There is a small chance that Ida may gain strength and become a Category 1 hurricane. THIS IS NOT CONSIDERED A MAJOR HURRICANE. It will simply mean stronger winds and more rain.
At this point, there are no plans for closure of the Cancun airport. We strongly suggest that you check the internet with your particular airline if you’re flying out tomorrow. If you are unable to determine whether your flight is on time, come to the front desk and we will call the airline for you.
If for any reason you are unable to leave the area tomorrow, we have accommodations should you require or wish them.
We want to again emphasize this is NOT a major storm. There are no plans for evacuation, business closures or other safety precautions. It will simply be very windy and wet for about a 12 hour period. Please feel free to come to the front desk if you have any questions or need any assistance.
To take the sting out of the storm, we’re having 2 for 1 margaritas while the bar is open today (3 to 11 pm).
Tony & Cheri, Owners
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