HURRICANE LANE 2006
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Hurricane Lane made landfall around 1:15PM
Saturday afternoon, September 16, about 80 miles North of
Mazatlan, and 20 miles Southeast of El Dorado, completely
missing the Los Cabos area. It hit land as a Category
3 Hurricane with sustained wind speeds of 125 mph (205
km/hr), before weakening as it passed over land.
For Comparison: Hurricane Katrina hit the
gulf coast with sustained winds of 135 mph, and Hurricane Wilma
hit Cancun with sustained winds of 125 mph.
So far no rain or wind at all from the
back end of the storm, but some threatening looking cumulus
clouds are building now.
We could get winds of 30 mph over the next
couple of days, but nothing that will cause any damage.
After that, it's sun and sand like normal!
Not even a drop yet. We could get a
thundershower or two over the weekend, but that's just
normal September weather.
What is a
Category 3 Hurricane?
Winds 111-130 mph (96-113 kt or 178-209 km/hr).
Storm surge generally 9-12 ft above normal. Some structural
damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor
amount of curtainwall failures. Damage to shrubbery and trees
with foliage blown off trees and large trees blown down. Mobile
homes and poorly constructed signs are destroyed. Low-lying
escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival
of the center of the hurricane. Flooding near the coast destroys
smaller structures with larger structures damaged by battering
from floating debris. Terrain continuously lower than 5 ft above
mean sea level may be flooded inland 8 miles (13 km) or more.
Evacuation of low-lying residences with several blocks of the
shoreline may be required.
What is the Weather
Like Right Now?
Overcast, Warm (85° or so), and winds are
calm. Some threatening looking cumulus clouds are
starting to move in now.
Update for other
No major damage has been reported for any
of the coastal ports of Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo, or Acapulco.
Puerto Vallarta received some steady rain, and the ports
were closed for about an hour. Mazatlan has reported winds
of about 70 mph with about 6 inches of rain Saturday morning.
Some flooding and tree fall in local areas (not tourist
areas) has been reported, but the tourist area is reportedly
No evacuation order was issued.
Impact on Your
Tours are running as normal.
What This Means
It looks like we've avoided the storm
again. If you're in Cabo, you'll probably be out and
about like normal, but noticing more cloud cover than usual.
All stores, restaurants, bars, and clubs are open for
business as usual.
Most airlines issued relaxed change
policies due to Hurricane Lane. Check with your
airline to see if your flight is disrupted and what your
HURRICANE LANE RESOURCES