Hurricane Dean: All’s Well in Playa After the Storm
Posted by Tony & Cheri on August 21, 2007
We woke up this morning to a much quieter day. Most of the rain and wind bands extending out from Hurricane Dean seem to have passed us by. The really terrific news is that there is no real damage in Playa del Carmen that we can see. Our house did just fine. We lost the satellite dish and had some minor flooding in the top bedroom, but otherwise everything is in perfect order.
The same is true at the Luna Blue. Four of our giant banana trees fell over during the height of the storm, but nothing was broken and no one was hurt. By this time next week there will probably be 10 or 12 banana plants growing in their place.
We did discover that a feral cat that lives in the hotel garden gave birth to at least one kitten during the night in the stone overhang of our front gate. Everybody seems to be okay. We have fed and watered mama. The kitten appears to be all black and of course we’re going to name it Dean, boy or girl.
We’ve gotten out and walked the streets, and everyone seems to have done just fine. Everything is littered in leaves and twigs, but there are no power lines down, no broken glass, in short no real damage anywhere. We have internet and phone at the hotel (from where we’re posting this). Our phone and internet at the house is out, but we’re hopeful that it will be restored soon. We lost power at the height of the storm, but only for a couple of minutes.
We have heard a couple of things from various news sources, some good and some bad. First, the good. It appears that the first reports out of Chetumal, where the eye of the storm made landfall, is that there are no reports of deaths and that damage seems to be minimal. If true, that will be fantastic news. On the bad side, we have the US media, specifically Fox News, which during the storm last night appears to have reported that Playa del Carmen was destroyed. We never liked Fox News to begin with, and now we really don’t care for them. If you hear reports like this, ignore them, or better still, send a nasty email to the news source.
The hotel will be closed today as the staff has the day off to clean up their homes and yards. We will be doing the same. Tomorrow it’s back to business as usual for the Luna Blue Hotel & Garden and for the rest of Playa del Carmen. As soon as we have more news about what happened in the southern part of the state, we’ll post it here. Right now all we can say is how thankful we are to have missed being part of Hurricane Dean.