Saturday, August 18, 2007

Hurrican Dean: Update #1

Hurricane Dean Stays the Course...

Hurricane Dean continues its destructive course toward the Yucatan, alternating between a Category 3 and a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. By some accounts, the storm could reach a Category 5 by the time it reaches Cancun, with winds in excess of 155 miles per hour. Local authorities already began evacuating foreign and domestic tourists from the region.

Only 2 years ago, Hurricane Wilma struck the Yucatan Peninsula, causing extensive damage.

As we wait for Dean to make landfall, all vacation plans remain on hold. Our travel agency has advised us to take a "wait-and-see" attitude. By Tuesday or Wednesday, we should know if the Cancun airport, local hotels, and other tourist facilities will be operational. At this point, no one can say if the hurricane will change course, decrease in severity, or worsen.

Ironically, my wife and I have planned this trip for 17 years, and with less than 3 weeks to go, we're watching helplessly as nature quite possibly destroys our destination.

Thankfully for us, the travel agency will either change our destination or postpone the travel dates if conditions warrant. On the other hand, people living near the Yucatan coast may not be so fortunate. My prayers continue to reach out toward those who live within this terrible path of destruction.

More to come...

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