HURRICANE JOHN IN THE NEWS

HURRICANE JOHN 2006

CURRENT STATUS REPORT
LAST UPDATED 9/2/06 7:35PM

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The storm has passed, and we're happy to say, almost without incident.  The rain has now stopped, and there is a light to moderate breeze.  Last night at about 7:20PM, the skies were clear and we even had a rainbow.  There was no storm surge, not much wind, and a pretty decent amount of rain, but nothing to get excited about. 

Damage to the marina area was almost nonexistent, and all reports are that the entire Los Cabos resort area escaped any significant damage.  Stores were open about 2 hours after the eye of the storm passed, and life seems to be getting back to normal already.  Restaurants and all Los Cabos hotels are open, shops and markets are running as normal.

We got some new photos today of post-hurricane Cabo San Lucas - you'll notice it looks just like pre-hurricane Cabo San Lucas, except for a few buildings that are still boarded or taped up.  Come on down to Cabo San Lucas - it will be just like you remember it.

The hurricane made landfall near Cabo del Este, about 64km NE of Cabo San Lucas on the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula about 7:20PM yesterday evening.  It has now moved on up toward the U.S., though we understand it hit La Paz pretty good.

The airport opened at 10:00AM this morning. Most tours are back up and running now. If you have questions, just give us a call at
1-866-348-6286.

We've taken some photos today and posted them on the photos page.

Update for other Mexican Resorts

No major damage was reported for any of the coastal ports of Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo, or Acapulco.  All these ports are back up and running already after the storm.  No worries there.

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HURRICANE WARNING CANCELLED FOR CABO SAN LUCAS*

The Government of Mexico has cancelled the previously issued hurricane warning for the Southern Baja Peninsula from San Everisto Southward on the East Coast and from Bahia Magdalena Southward on the West Coast...INCLUDING CABO SAN LUCAS.

*A hurricane warning means that hurricane force winds are expected in the area within 24 hours. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.

John was a small storm by hurricane standards as it passed through Cabo San Lucas Friday - hurricane force winds extended only about 25 miles (35 km) from the eye of the storm, with Tropical Storm Force Winds extended about 85 miles (140 km) out from the eye of the storm.

Evacuation Update

All of the hotels in the Los Cabos area have invited guests to return to their rooms, and are taking guests like normal.

The Forecast

They say the aftermath of John is now past us, and they say the weather should be back to normal September weather now - a few thunderstorms at night on occasion and bright sunshine during the days.

Final Wind Statistics for Cabo San Lucas

We'll try to get these stats for you, but I think it was between 30 and 40 mph.

Final Wind Statistics for San Jose del Cabo

We'll try to get these for you, but I think it was between 40 and 50mph.

Note: 74mph is considered a Class I Hurricane.  By comparison, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast at a whopping 135mph. 

What is a  Category 2 Hurricane?

Winds 96-110 mph (83-95 kt or 154-177 km/hr). Storm surge generally 6-8 feet above normal. Some roofing material, door, and window damage of buildings. Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some trees blown down. Considerable damage to mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Small craft in unprotected anchorages break moorings.

Final Rainfall Tally for Cabo San Lucas

Rainfall amounts of about 4.6 inches were reported.  Heavy rains, yes, so of course some streets are like rivers, but no flood damage has yet been reported.  Surface drainage is part of the design in Cabo San Lucas, so the streets like rivers is not out of the ordinary after a heavy rainfall.

Water Levels

No tidal surge was existent, at least in the marina area of Cabo San Lucas.  No waves came over the boardwalk.

Impact on Your Tours

All tours were cancelled of course, yesterday, and many will be cancelled today as well while all the boats get brought back in, etc.  Expect them to be up and running by the end of the weekend as normal.  If you're at all unsure, just give us a call.

What This Means to You

If you're in Cabo, you've probably already checked back into your hotel rooms, and you're enjoying the services of Cabo San Lucas.  If you're coming to Cabo, come on down - the sunshine isn't quite back yet, but they say it should be back by tomorrow.  The flooding is gone, the resorts are totally intact, and the white sands of Cabo's beaches await you!  If we can help you with fun things to do while you're here, just give us a call toll-free at 1-866-217-9704.  We're happy to set you up with anything you need, or answer any questions for you. 

A Message from Us

We want to thank all of you who sent us such nice e-mails throughout the storm, and were so gracious and thoughtful. You have no idea how much all the kind words mean to us.

We provided this service throughout the storm because we know how important it is to all of you.  We know what it's like to be tourists - we travel all the time too - and I know if we were in your situation, we'd sure by happy to have this information!  We hope you'll remember us when you're looking for fun things to do on your next visit to Cabo San Lucas.  Rest easy, it's over now and things, at least so far, look better than anyone in Cabo could have hoped for, given the forecasts.  We welcome you to Cabo with open arms.

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