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- news from playa del carmen
  • From: "Israel Childress" <israelchildress at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 22:52:23 -0500
Dear friends a few minutes ago I have heard from the local news that the people from playa Del Carmen where evacuated to more secure hotels, and they are providing shelter, food and water. In playa Del Carmen
At this moment we are starting to feel strong winds

10:49 pm local time /20-Oct-2005

Israel Childress Romero

- wilma hurricane up date
  • From: "Israel Childress" <israelchildress at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 21:03:09 -0500
Dear friends:
Today I been resaving some emails asking me about family members staying in Cancun or playa del Carmen. The hotels have a specific shelter where they take there guests, and they provide them with everything they need. Today we have some rain and wind; we still have the basic services, like electricity, and water. Early this morning the soldiers evacuate with the hotels there guests to shelters. Also the tourists from cozumel island and isla mujeres where evacuate to Cancun to shelters as well. The airport is close, today in the morning many tourists run to the airport to try to get a space in the airlines; right now the flights are oversold, and we don?t have any banks working, but we still have bank machines ass longest we still having electricity. For those family members that are worried, please take calm I am pretty sure that your love ones are ok, and as soon as possible they will get in contact with you. If I still having electricity for tomorrow I will inform you how is the situation.

We survived Gilbert we will survive Wilma
! Cheer up¡

Israel Childress

Refugees are already open, and evacuations are in effect in the areas that could be damage for the hurricane or that can be harm for the floods.

Tomorrow I will try to send you some more updates of what is happening in here.


Israel Childress Romero

- Wilmaaaaaa
  • From: "mike, and chrissy hopson" <hotinplaya at playful.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 22:43:10 -0500

Hi every one

 We are hunkered down for the duration!!   winds a blowin, rains a droppin!!     should be seeing hurricane winds in a few hours, and from what we hear the center of the storm will not be here till  tomorrow night (22 hours)!!

Got a laugh from CNN, pretty blond forecaster (no offense Tracy) said "Wilma should brush the Yucatan, before heading to Florida"

Brush the Yucatan?????  according to this site, The approximate Closest Point of Approach (CPA) is located near 20.7N, 86.9W or about 7.3 miles (11.8 km) from your location. The estimated time of when the eye will be at that location is in about 22.1 hours.    

Sure glad were not going to get a direct hit!!!!!

more serious note from the government

18:45 The President of Mexico confirmed the Maximum Alert for Quintana Roo a few minutes ago, the Secretary of State issued the official statement. Tomorrow Friday Oct/21 at around 12:00 PM the hurricane center will be over Cozumel Island as probable category 5, and 1 hour later in some point between Playa del Carmen and Cancun. The wind forces will start for Cozumel, the Mayan riviera and Cancun tonight between 22:00 PM and 23:00 PM. Military forces has been moved to the near state of Yucatan in preparation to bring all the necessary aid that the people may need.

Can not express more, the respect we have for the Mexican civil response, as much as you hear about Mexico, they do have their act together in taking care of the 70k plus tourist stranded here, and their own people.

please add us in your prayers

I am about to take my 3rd shower of the day, never know when my next one will be!!!!!

Mike , Chrissy and kids

ps, received a cute email from some concerned folks concerning  honeymooners stranded in Cancun , they have been told to stay in their room, food will be brought to them,

What better way to consummate their wedding!!!  36 hours in a hotel room, with a mini bar!!!!!,  on the other hand, Chrissy and I have been married so long, if we were stuck in a hotel room for 36 hours, one of us would be a widow!!

- Wilmaaaaaaaaaa
  • From: "mike, and chrissy hopson" <hotinplaya at playful.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 18:19:26 -0500
Hi every one
 We are pretty much ready, this storm is alot differant than Emily, she was small and compact, Wilma is huge and moving so slow,.  
We have been in tropical storm winds for several hours, and the storm center will not be here until noon on friday.
I went to the resort Chrissy and I work at 8:00am , for the guest meeting, I was broken hearted, close to tears, we just reopend from Emily Sept 17, and 1 1/2 days before Wilma gets here, we have sufferred extensive damage from the Surf.
All of our guest have been evacuated to one of the mega resorts near Tulumn, where the rooms are far from the beach, much better than last time when they were sent to the Cancun convention center.  Believe it or not , we have had checkins at our resort today???  "are you stupid, or just dumb"
On a lighter note, as I was returning home, noticed fire and police cars at a near by condo, when I stopped to see what was happening, turns out the poor fellow had boarded up his 3rd story condo, and then realized he didn't have a way down from his balcony, hince the fire truck!!
the picture is of our staff, these folks have been back to work just one month, but they are all in good spirits , wishing you were here, (and they were'nt)

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- Here we go! Report from Playacar
  • From: "Administration grandcaymancruiseexcursions.com -- Island Marketing ltd \(Cayman\)" <webmaster at grandcaymancruiseexcursions.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 17:37:19 -0500
So we are finally all boarded up and as ready as we are going to get for Wilma, if you can ever really be ready for a possible cat 5 hurricane. 
We left for Emily but timing wasn't with us this time around and we find ourselves here.  My concern with this one is the slow speed.  Emily flew through this area at something like 20 miles an hour so didn't produce the storm surge.  Wilma is crawling and pushing so much water a head of her.
 It has been a strange few days.  I talked to one of my sisters in Grand Cayman as Wilma approached them and likely passed on by with rough seas and surge.  I just got off the phone with my other sister in Caye Caulker, Belize and she was telling me about the storm surge they are currently experiencing, the heavy winds and really rough seas.  They have water washing over the roads there( keep in mind all the streets in Caye Caulker are sand so its not a stretch:-) 
Our friends and family went through Ivan last year on Grand Cayman and it was much like this one, very slow and a lot of surge and incredible damage! 
We are in Playacar Phase II, right by the hotels, just a block from the Reef Club, but we must be a good 20 ft about sea level so we should be okay. 
I'll be on as long as we have a connection and power and will post some pictures later if possible.
Everyone stay safe!
Tracy, Matteo, Reese & Maya

- Testing for Mike Hobson
  • From: "gene" <genemb at bellsouth.net>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 16:34:18 -0500
Mike has request that I report from Playa once they lose power, so I am testing the address.
Gene Borowski

- Best Wishes
  • From: Chris McTaggart <cmctagga at candw.ky>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 16:24:00 -0500
Hello Friends (Storm Carib - Mexico)

Mike, Chrissy, Linda, Cliff, Jim, Frank, and all the others.........

Just wanted to let you know I constantly continue to watch "Wilma" as she is now bearing down on the east coastline of Mexico, the Yucatan and surrounding Islands.

I would like to send out to you my best wishes and let you know that I am constantly thinking of you all over there and will continue to keep you in our prayers.

Please stay safe, and do your best to keep us informed.
My best wishes to you all.

Capt. Chris McTaggart
Savannah, Grand Cayman.

- A Front Row View Of Wilma
  • From: "Cliff" <cliff at portillas.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 12:49:13 -0500

At around noon yesterday, Wednesday 19, October 2005, Wilma’s petticoat began brushing the coastline of the Mexican Yucatan like a Flamenco dancer of old Spain. She has danced around in spirals in the south Caribbe for three days. Not tiring, but gaining strength from the hot waters flowing at her tight center. Still no one knows where she will thrust her first full fury first.


All meteorologists have turned their focus of their forecasts as far away as the New England coast. I suppose because they are befuddled by this most powerful woman known as Wilma. “I have lost all confidence in all forecast tracks. . .” one meteorologist stated in his discussion of this category five hurricane. Wilma refuses to stay within the lines of both time and direction laid out for her by scores of meteorologists and their computers.


Normally, at night, I am lulled to sleep by a gentle rumble of the barrier reef eight hundred meters in front of this house. All afternoon and through last night’s moonlit sea, it seemed the reef rolled to my front door every minute or two; crashing with the sound of a giant mop bucket full of dirty water being discarded forcefully onto the sand. Only when there is a monster out there not so very far away does this ever happen. So I sit, watching the flotsam and jetsam arrive with the waves through this bright night punctuated by coconuts thudding with a melodic hollow sound as they are wrestled from their nests by the increasing northwesterly breezes turning to hard winds with little screams through the fronds.


A barely waning full moon relinquished its responsibility of providing light to the sea and the sky which briefly swapped colors before turquoise glowed near the horizon with sand browned muddy waters reaching to tarnish the morning view. Where the sky usually meets the Caribbe with the thin white line of sea foam from the halting of waves on coral, a continuous stripe of white twenty times larger than most times widens even more like a long geyser splashing into the black, dark blue and grey striped sky. As the darkest parts roll in like a cloud from a movie’s slow explosion, clarity vanishes while Wilma seemingly weeps in banded torrents. Sipping coffee and watching the show, “This is not going to be a Chamber of Commerce day!” I realize.


The fridge clicks on only momentarily and stops dead. Three days of clouds and a fried generator makes a day not so shocking for a guy living on solar when the batteries get drained. Since the generator died, I have been trying to consume everything in it and freezing purified water in its place. I think it can remain out of service for a while now so it is unplugged. I sit and write this on paper waiting for enough sun to check the status of Wilma on the computer.


When last I checked, yesterday, I figured I had until at least this afternoon to decide whether to flee or stay. Though the sea is now at my back door and I am now on an island, I’d still prefer to stay. With the midday sun peaking at my panels a bit I will post this and more later on a brighter day.


From the last gringo on the east coast of México and the first gringo in Mexico to glimpse Wilma, I wish all who may have the displeasure to know her also, Good Luck and God Bless!




Please visit http://www.portillas.com

Something all new and exciting will be there hopefully very soon.


- Wilma
  • From: Linda Gosslin <gosslindl at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 08:58:43 -0700 (PDT)
As the day wears on, it looks more and more like the coastline of Quintana Roo will take a hit from Wilma.  The people we have spoken to in Paamul are evacuating to various places up and down the coast and inland.  We have not been notified of an official evacuation yet.  Schools are closed in the state so that they can be prepared as refugee centers.
The day has been overcast, but except for a few brief showers early this morning we have not had any rain, and the breeze is still gentle.  All we can do is wait for the action to begin.

  Linda L. Gosslin

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- jim ewing- cozumel
  • From: "james ewing" <cozumel111 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 09:26:28 -0500

it's was a long day yesterday,and today will be longer.got 25 bags of ice,8 cases of beer,have lots of food, lots of gas in the tank.we have renters in casa azora from texas, who are stuck here till the storm passes.they can stay the extra time on our dime,cause it's not their falt the hurricane is comming.(landofcoz.com) last of boarding the casa.gas lines on the island ran all day yesterday.ferries shut down to the mainland at 1 p.m.,airport shut down,the island is getting ready. it's been only 2 monthe since emily hit us with a cat. 5. boy do we need this!!!!!!!!  will be going over to the other side of the island later,so will post pics. later. the east side indland road is still closed.god help the road when this hits. will post later. phone in coz.-52- 987-872-5649 if anyone need us to get ahold of anyone. best till next post, jim ewing,cozumel

- Puerto Morelos update
  • From: frank dale <daleandfrank at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 06:31:33 -0700 (PDT)
Strong gusting winds from the North probably in the range of 20-25 mph.  Reef break has been heavy since yesterday (see pics attached).  We have experienced some rain bamds, but nothing significant as of yet. 

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- from cancun mexico
  • From: "Israel Childress" <israelchildress at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 01:29:14 -0500
Today we had a difficult day, because every body was doing shopping to get ready for the hurricane.

And believe it or not in this island, that it?s been growing so rapidly, we have to deal now with traffic jams, for the big amount of new people arriving in town.

Like usually the mayor stores like Wal-Mart, Sams Club, Costco and other ones where full like if it was Christmas day.

And we can?t forget the gas stations, which they have to deal today with large lines of cars waiting to get supply.

At this moment we are starting to have some occasionally rain and of course yesterday we had a beautiful weather, with a nice breeze.

Today since we start our day the first thing we notice it was the big amount of humidity, actually I don?t think any body realized that we where in danger.

Please if any person from CNN NEWS it?s making a report from Cancun don?t said that we disappear from the map , tell the truth, because believe me 90% of the population depends of the tourist business.

Tomorrow tourists that want to live Cancun will be able to do, if they have a confirm ticket if the airline have the available space.

Refugees are already open, and evacuations are in effect in the areas that could be damage for the hurricane or that can be harm for the floods.

Tomorrow I will try to send you some more updates of what is happening in here.


Israel Childress Romero

- What a change in 6 hours!!!
  • From: "mike, and chrissy hopson" <hotinplaya at playful.com>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 17:53:58 -0500

This morning I reported that not much activity was taking place,   after announcing the Hurricane warning at 10:00 am local time, things have changed!! The local stores are a mad house, lines at gas stations, plywood flying!!

The 5:00est discussion from the NHC has caught us all at surprise, "agreement among the track guidance models .....has completely collapsed today"   http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/tracking/at200524_model.html  our friends in Caymen will love the BAMM track, thats right, in 5 days they have it back on your door step!!

We all have to admit, this is one strange (and record breaking storm)!!!!!

The officials have been out removing many temporary signs and structures (from Emily),  a lot more military on the roads, and once again we have been impressed with the official response, all schools , public and private are closed the next 2 days, mainly to get them setup as shelters.

The sky is covered, but strangely we haven't had any rain in the last couple hours?

We are hoping for the best, preparing for the worst!!

Mike and family

- Cozumel
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 17:23:35 -0400 (EDT)
Below the offical statement released by YPB&R Public Relations from
Cozumel regarding the precautions the island is taking for Hurricane


OCTOBER 19 - While not projected to be in the direct path of Hurricane
Wilma, the island of Cozumel has instituted several hurricane preparedness
initiatives in compliance with government safety and planning guidelines.

According to the National Weather Service, the hurricane's current projected
path takes Wilma 140 miles to the east of the Mexican Caribbean and South of
Cuba.  Tropical storm winds are expected to reach the region at
approximately 8 p.m. CST tomorrow.

According to Raul Marrufo, Director of the Cozumel Tourism Promotion Board,
the island is well prepared for any regional impact.  "All of the necessary
preparations are in place to deal with the wind conditions and we are
well-equipped to deal with any of our tourists' needs," he said.

If weather conditions continue:

.       The Cozumel airport is open and will continue to operate regularly
scheduled flights until such time winds exceed 30 knots.  Authorities
currently expect the airport to remain open throughout the morning hours on

.       Cruise ships are all scheduled to depart Cozumel today by 5 p.m.
CST.  There are no cruise ships scheduled to dock on Thursday.

.       All ferry services will suspend operation at 6:00 p.m. CST today to
ensure that the vessels are stored securely.

.       Guests of hotels on the island were provided the option of remaining
in Cozumel or leaving the island in advance of the storm.

.       For those travelers who elected to remain on island, resorts have
safety shelters located on property and have enough resources, including
food and water, to care for guests up to 15 days.

.       If necessary, the Cozumel Convention Center will serve as a back-up
shelter specifically for visiting tourists and can accommodate up to 1200

.       Cozumel resorts and hotels will have updates on the storm available
at each hotel's front desk.

  • From: "mike, and chrissy hopson" <hotinplaya at playful.com>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 08:20:28 -0500

Unbelievable,  we went to bed last night as the 1st rain bands rolled in, and Wilma was a cat 2, projected to strengthen to 140 mph in 24 hrs, with a 10% of reaching 155mph in 24 hrs (NHC wind speed forcast).

Woke up this morning, pulled up the tracking forcast, saw she was still going right up the channel, noticed max winds at 175mph, thought , that has to be a mistake, after reading more, cant believe in less than 6 hrs, she went from a 2 to a "record" cat 5!!!!

Just hope and pray , the projected path is correct, only the model GFS shows her in the center of the channel, the other 4 models all show her to the left, close or hitting the Yucatan "underground weather site".

What concerns me, is with Emily for 5 days we were in the bulls eye, and people heeded the warnings amd got prepared. This time we are being told she will veer north and spare us, and I have seen very little concern amongst people, did see a semi truck of plywood pulling into town, extra water at the stores, and a friend just called and said the city is cleaning out the drains thru out town.

One other item we don't understand, is they are reporting hurricane winds "only " extend 15 miles from the center?? that seems impossible that they could go from 75 to 175 in a matter of 15 miles?? sounds more like a tornado than a hurricane. Any one with more knowledge could comment on that!!!!

All for now, Mike Chrissy and family

- Wilma
  • From: Linda Gosslin <gosslindl at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 05:50:41 -0700 (PDT)
I had also hoped not to post anymore comments this season, but Wilma has changed those plans.  Paamul has almost finished rebuilding from Emily, just a few more palapas still being repaired. 
Those of us who were here through Emily will not stay in Paamul if Wilma continues her WNW path.  We're all hoping for a swing to the north and a beeline for the center of the channel, sparing us and Cuba from a direct hit.
The motel-type cabañas on the beach just south of the restaurant were torn down after Emily.  The new construction is about half finished - we DON'T want Wilma to chew up what's been done so far.  The trees have greened out again - we need to keep those leaves!
We plan to evacuate to Playa del Carmen with the dogs if conditions warrant. 
I'll write as long as we have power - more later today.

  Linda L. Gosslin

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- Update from Puerto Morelos
  • From: frank dale <daleandfrank at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 05:05:58 -0700 (PDT)
Well it was a little disconcerting to say the least when I woke up to news that Wilma is a cat 5 this morning.  Rain started here around 4:00am, not heavy or constant, but a reminder of what is to come.  Whe stayed through Emily with no problems, but will have to take very close notice on this one.  Updates will continue as long as we maintain our phone lines.  Looks like Friday could be real interesting.

- Wilma
  • From: "mike, and chrissy hopson" <hotinplaya at playful.com>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 16:46:43 -0500

Didn't expect to be posting again this year, and hopefully will not need to make many more.

At the 5:00 NHC advisory, they have put the Yucatan under a hurricane watch, hopefully we will just watch her go by.

Been watching the postings from the Captain in Cayman, hey guy lets split the differance, you want her to go west, we want her to go east, lets just hope she goes right up the middle, thru the Yucatan channel, sparing you, us and Cuba!!

Weather was great today, have noticed the clouds picking up speed headed south east where the partys at, and we are starting to see some swells coming in.

Mike , Chrissy and family

- cozumel update
  • From: "james ewing" <cozumel111 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 09:27:33 -0500
good morning from coz. the sky's are blue with hardley a cloud in the sky,and yes, we would like a little more shade from the sun, but , emily has taken a lot of it away. in reference to a post that was made on the board titled " post hurricane emily report " i can only say that it was posted by a public relations company,that ,god only knows where they got the info from , is in somewhere else on this planet,but surly NOT in cozumel. (timeshares ? ) . from there post,you would think dorothy had clicked her ruby shoes together,and all had come back , overnight. the hotels are rebuilding on the south side as fast as they can,but the tour company's are still flying people in,only for them to find out there is no where to stay. i have had calls from all over the u.s. as to what is open, ect., and hundreds of e-mails. thanks all.i'll do the best i can. this vacation is one you've saved for,and waited for for a long time. yes, cruise ships are here by the number,but they sleep ON the ship. make sure you have a place to stay when you get here,and don't beleave the spoksperson from the tour company.they LIE ! it's a big money game.for their pockets. why have p.r. people posting ? go figure !. diving is still great. talked with christina, at divewithchristina.com  and their lovely 40' dive boat is going out every day .jeep tours are going up the north sand road on the east side.( spl. permit needed ) but the east side road is still closed. hotels on the north side are open,along with all the smaller ones in town. thats your best bet. hope this helps some of you,come on down and have fun,but be sure you have a place to stay. best , jim ewing,cozumel

- Emily
  • From: hotinplaya at playful.com
  • Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 11:58:16 -0700 (PDT)
Another posting I received while on vacation.  -Gert
Title: You have been invited to view mike hopson's photos!
mike hopson has shared photos with you.

Hi everyone, we are all fine, Playa made out good, really think if this had been Florida, the damage would have been much greater, all the buildings here are concrete, even the interior walls, only damage was to wood structures, Mike Chrissy Chelsea and Migual

- mike hopson

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- Update from Cozumel Mexico (fwd)
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 01:05:27 -0400 (EDT)
Another older update from Cozumel.  (I just got back from vacation and was
unable to go through my ever expanding Inbox...).

*** Gert van Dijken ( gert at vandijken.com )
**** Caribbean Hurricane Network - http://stormcarib.com/

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 23:19:30 -0500
From: Dive ECO-cozumel/Scuba Shack <robertac at prodigy.net.mx>
To: gert at gobeach.com
Subject: Update from Cozumel Mexico

Hello there Gert -

I have not written since last year, and I am not sure if this is the right 
E-mail address for posting, but here goes anyway.

Well, Emily has now gone...... and we lucked out !  Cozumel had a curfew 
imposed at 12 noon on Sunday.  By 2 pm or so, most people were in their houses. 
 By around 6 pm, the winds started to blow a bit. Not too bad though.  By 8 pm, 
things started really picking up like a very strong storm.  And the lights went 
out.  After that, the winds just kep getting stronger as time went on.  Just 
when you thought that the winds could not get any stronger, they would, about 
every 30 minutes.  Around 12:30 in the morning, so really Monday early morning, 
the brunt of it hit us.  The winds were stonger than anything that I have ever 
experienced.  But all the wood used to board up the house stuck !  By around 3 
am, everything died down and we were all able to get a few hours of sleep.

On Monday morning, everyone started to emerge from their houses around 5 am, 
taking in all that had happened.  As the morning went on and we were able to 
get out and about to check things out, it became apparent that we had really 
lucked out !  All of the damage was to vegetation, with no structural damage 
noticed anywhere.  Some windows were blown out, a couple garage doors and metal 
laminate roofing as well, but other than that, only the trees, along with the 
power and telephone lines, were down.  As of Monday evening, parts of the main 
town had electricity.  Tues morning, more areas have been connected, myself 
included.  The Mexicgan government is flying in electricity workers from Mexico 
City to help the entire area restore the electricity, by the end of the week.  
A good majority of people did not lose their telephones (land lines) and 
through out the entire storm, we had cell phone service.

One of the most impressive things that I noticed here on the island on Monday 
morning was the way the all of the locals came and put in their fair share.  
Trees were down on every single block of every single street, many of which 
were partially or completely blocking the streets.  And where ever the trees 
were, the people who lived in that general area, came out to chop down the tree 
and clean up the area so that it would not affect the traffic.  At 6 am, many 
people were outside of their houses cleaning the sidewalk and street.  There 
are many trucks that are circulating the streets just picking up the cleaned up 
foliage.  In some areas, you cannot even tell that there was a hurricane less 
than 24 hours ago.

We started diving again today.  The vis is way down..........  OK, 60 feet on 
the deeper reefs, and 40 on the shallower ones.  Great compared to come lakes, 
but poor for Cozumel.  We expect that the vis will increase daily.  The airport 
was closed from 2 pm on Sunday to sometime Mon afternoon.

As for the other side of the island, the windward side - they took the brunt of 
things.  I understand that the road is partially gone in many places.   
Hopefully tomorrow I will get a chance to go over and give a full report.

For my 2nd hurricane, first major, I have to say that it was not as bad as I 
anticipated, although I know that somehow we lucked out again and was really 
spared bad damage !

Roberta Cwiertnia

- Cozumel Post Hurricane Emily Update
  • From: "Jeanette Chin" <jeanette_chin at ypbr.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 13:58:33 -0400




COZUMEL, MEXICO, RECOvers from hurricane Emily


July 19, 2005 (1:30 PM) Cozumel is quickly recovering from the effects of Hurricane Emily, which moved through the island early Monday morning (July 18). 


According to Gaston Cantarell Diaz, president of the Cozumel Hotel Association, Cozumel sustained minimal damage and everyone on island weathered the storm safely.


 “Cozumel is doing well and operating as normal today.  The airport is open and ferry services are up and running again,” he said.  “Although there was some damage to hotels and other local properties, the important thing is that everyone remained safe throughout the storm.”


Current updates from the island:


·         The Cozumel airport reopened on Monday, July 18, at 1:00 p.m. CST


·         Ferry services began operating again at 7:00 a.m. this morning (Tuesday, July 19)                                                                   


·         Cozumel hotels and resorts are currently open and operating and are expected to complete hurricane related repairs by next Monday, July 25.


·         Currently the only hotel on island that will temporarily close due to damage from Hurricane Emily is the Iberostar Cozumel Hotel.  Individuals with existing reservations at the Iberostar should contact the hotel for further information.


·         The majority of clean-up on island has been finished and the island roads are completely clear.


·         Downtown restaurants and shops are open.


·         To ensure the safety of visitors to the island, approximately 1,200 tourists were evacuated to the Cozumel Convention Center on Sunday evening (July 17) where they rode at the storm.  Guests at hotels equipped with safety facilities were moved to on-site shelters.


·         Tourists began returning to their hotels and resorts early Monday.  Guests whose hotels sustained damage by the hurricane were accommodated at alternate hotels and resorts.



For more information, please contact YPB&R Public Relations:


Noel Perkins                                    

(407) 838-1797                                  

                        noel_perkins at ypbr.com                     


Jeanette Chin

(407) 838-1807

jeanette_chin at ypbr.com




- Emailing: Funjet Vacations - Bill of Rights
  • From: "james ewing" <cozumel111 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 07:52:43 -0500

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  • From: "james ewing" <cozumel111 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 12:09:25 -0500
trip around the east side,cozumel. from jim ewing

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- Emailing: after emily
  • From: "james ewing" <cozumel111 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 10:46:12 -0500

jim ewing here in cozumel,thank you all for the hundreds of e-mails,and the news stations that have called for an interview.electric has started to come back on. three cruise ships came in yesterday. downtown area cleaned up,but lots still to do.airport is open,with flights going in and out. as far as i know,we are the only people (ex-pats ) to go around the island on the east side. the ride was wild.we got the first photos.the east side road is closed to everyone. mezcalitos lost the roof,punta morena  got hit bad,but will recover over time,chen rio is gone,along with most of the road,punta chiqueros building is still there,bob marleys bar is blown away. lots of power lines down and damage in the north hotel zone,so check with your hotel first. phones are still out on most of the island.we got power last night. our phone never went out ! the dive boats are all running.as you can see from the photos,the storm hit the east side HARD.the road will need major constrution,and parts of it will have to be moved. coconuts bar lost it's roof,but they are already repairing and rebuilding,so they should be up and running soon. the local government has done a great job in bringing everything together.the new mayor knew what he was doing. our hats are off to him. pres. fox came for a tour and flight right away,and brought help along with him.200 electric crews were brought in to help with the island wiring.cleanup on the island of the downed trees started at 6 a.m. the morning after the storm. all is going very well here,so come on down,and enjoy the island.our phone again is 987-872-5649. best to all,jim ewing,cozumel
p.s. the mail just came,just what i need. junk mail from the mexican readers digest sweepstakes !

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- Escape from Cancun
  • From: Robert Stones <stonesy at danger.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 11:45:28 -0700
So we made it out of Escuela Technica No. 16 and to our hotel. Damage in Cancun seemed to be limited to uprooted trees, broken glass and downed power lines, I didn't really make a great effort to saunter around though. Back at the hotel the bar was open (gluttonous people were two-fisting drinks to make up for lost time), and food was served, but no great efforts were made to fix our room, which had been soaked. So we fixed it up ourselves. Puddles of water in the halls, leaking windows and a collapsed ceiling on our balcony was the extent of damage there. The room below had lost its balcony door, evidenced by a pile of broken glass and a twisted frame. AC was out as was cable TV, so we read. That was the state of things when we left - it was as if the hotel management was only too happy to let everything air dry. A slip and fall due to puddles on the tile was very possible - in my opinion, very slipshod. All of our travails were likely nothing compared to what the full-time denizens of Cancun had been through (and have yet to go through), so we tried to keep our perspective. Meanwhile down in the lobby, unhappy (irate?) travelers were giving hotel management large chunks of their mind. We left Cancun this morning and have just arrived at the sky harbor in Phoenix, AZ. Its great to be back.
- Sent from a Danger Hiptop

- Yahoo photo tour of Emily's aftermath
  • From: "Cliff" <cliffevansiii at msn.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 16:09:30 -0500

I am still not finding a lot of information out of the main strike zone of Emily. This link has some pretty stunning photos. http://news.yahoo.com/photos/ss/events/ts/080304tropicalweathe/im:/050718/480/gfx18807182057;_ylt=AuaVrIUHG1ZK1jav.Vrna9gTO7gF;_ylu=X3oDMTA5bGcyMWMzBHNlYwNzc25hdg--?sp=-1&lsp=8000 It takes a while to load and there are 182 photos there so, be patient. It is better than anything else I’ve seen yet.





- All clear- Back to the hotel
  • From: Robert Stones <stonesy at danger.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 09:23:02 -0700
To folks that await more info, good news. Within an hour we will be returning to the hotel... I just got gprs back and haven't been able to post all morning. It was a wild and woolly night, and the winds seemed to be at their strongest about 1am this morning. Don't have much of an idea of the levels of destruction beyond the area surrounding this school, an uprooted tree is all I have seen here. People are happy to be going back... They had better open the bar PDQ!!! More later once we are back...
- Sent from a Danger Hiptop

- Akumal Aftermath of Emily
  • From: "Cliff" <cliffevansiii at msn.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 10:45:45 -0500

The following was posted on Bill-In-Tulsa’s message board at http://www.xcalak.tv/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=3 by Lydia:


“Hello to all,

“I am in
Canada and have just got a call from my manager and would like to give you what information I have

“All our staff that stayed in Akumal are fine.( only our core management staff stayed in the rooms above the Super Chomak and inside the Super Chomak. )

“My sister and RC are fine. They stayed in my sisters back house of Tajkumal.

“The damage was minor in comparison of what it could have been. We were expecting a total destruction of our beach side buildings made of Palapa.The snack bar only lost about 4 meters of roof, and the Lolha Restaurant just one section of Palapa roof by the Pizzeria. The large Millenium Pinata is down! It lasted 5 years though!

“There will be massive clean up, lots of water damage, and some broken windows, and blown out Air Conditioners. The roof to our maintenance bodega blew off and some damage to our staff minibus.

“The worst damage was to the vegetation.

“Others had more damage.

“Lots of windows broken at Las Casitas reception.

“Bob Mulgrew’s truck had a tree fall on it, and the windshield broke.

“Charlene’s house is ok, but upstairs they got major damage to their contents because the windows blew.

“Lots of downed light posts along the road to Yalku.

“Ruben’s store had the palapa blow off and lots of water damage.

“Very sad, my cats, were supposed to be safe in a second floor staff room behind the Super Chomak but the protector for the window blew out, and they are gone. I am truly hoping that they are found and that they were not hurt. As some of you know, I have many cats.

“I am not sure how my house is, but from the outside, the wood protectors are still in place. My ducks, goose, parakeets, turtles, rabbit, parrot are all inside! Hopefully just scared.

“My dog went to Akumal Pueblo with our dear friend and retired Nanny, Mireya, and should be safe, I am hoping.

“Gynna’s studio had some cracked windows.

“Lots of damage at the
Ecological Center, All doors and windows blown out apparently and the staff apartments that had Palapa are blown off.

“Travel between Chemuyil and Akumal was possible this morning but I have no idea if the highway is clear between Akumal and

“I hope this reaches those that might be waiting to hear a bit of news about Akumal.





- News From Playacar
  • From: "Grand Cayman Cruise Excursions --Island Marketing Ltd \(Cayman\)--" <webmaster at grandcaymancruiseexcursions.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 08:19:30 -0500
Good morning!!
I've been in touch with Paul and Marisol (Fat Cat Catamaran) who live in Playacar phase 2 and they and the kids are fine.  Paul says it looks like the place has been deforested.  Minor house damage and the wind was so intense.  Cars are fine but they can't drive them down the street.
He's going to make his way to the marina today in Puerto Aventuras to check on his boats so I'll let me know what he sees.
I also got through to Mike, Chrissy and the gang at our house which is right by the Reef Club in Phase 2 and they are fine too.  Abby and Jules are with them as well as two Canadian timeshare sales guys (sorry don't know the names)  They lost a few sheets of plywood and roof tiles, water in the house from leaking windows but nothing else. All the palapas have been stripped from the roof tops on the homes around. 
They are heading out to have a look around and try to make it over to Las Brisas, which is basically 1st and 40-42 so he'll have some info later today too.
I'll post again when I have additional news.  Most importantly, they are all safe, thank god!!!
Tracy Uggeri

- Aftermath
  • From: "Cliff" <cliffevansiii at msn.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 07:49:47 -0500

At about 4:30 yesterday afternoon a band from Emily brushed us here in Xcalak. There was no rain to speak of and only maybe 35kt winds out of the north. Somehow, I knew Emily had spared us here and that was all we would get.


There are many up the beach from here that were much less fortunate. I am praying they will survive and rapidly recover. I have a specific request I’d appreciate somebody in the Akumal area to help me with. There is a truly wonderful lady, who has a ranch/animal shelter there, named Lucy. She is well known in the area. I spoke with her online yesterday and offered my place for a potential shelter. It was her intention to stay and watch over the 25 or so animals she has been taking care of. Because the logistics of moving them (there are two horses among them.) was too difficult, she could not be persuaded to leave. Would somebody be so kind as to check on her and be sure she or the animals are not in need of medical attention? I will be immensely grateful. I thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide for her.


May God bless all affected by hurricane Emily. Let the sun dry your tears and your friends make you smile once again.





- emily
  • From: "james ewing" <cozumel111 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 23:10:29 -0500
jim ewing here in cozumel,candle light is great !!!!!!!!!! wing blowing at between 50-60 mph. already two trees down,gusts every 10 sec. .lost one water tank from the roof.cerfew at 12 p.m, yesterday,all beer sales stopped,even restruants,the last two days,road aroung the island closed,gas lines for 3 days,ferry stopped at 3 p.m. yesterday,airport closed this morning. life is great !!!!!!!!!!  me from miami, seen it about 15 times,my wife from canada, "o" . she is having a great first time. mine,day by,day. electric out at about 9:14. rental , casa azora (landofcoz.com) all boarded up and in fine shape. lowered the pool water,and everything brought inside. went out and got 15 large bags of ice,and we all split it up between all of us expats. we stay close together here.very close when something like this comes around ! raining like mad,and the song of the wind is beautiful. i'll get photos tomorrow,and post them.the other side will be closed, so that woll take an extra day.sorry about that. battery on the laptop going,see you'all later, jim ewing

- Power out in Cancun
  • From: Robert Stones <stonesy at danger.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 19:41:49 -0700
Escuela Technica No. 16 is now running on its own power, we have a trusty generator keeping the lights on. The folks from the hotel have been great - I am sure they would rather be with their families, they've been doing all sorts to keep the kids occupied and our minds at ease. Mainly feeding us :D in the distance the wind blows and howls. More later, I am trying to conserve this devices power, but the cell networks are still up.
- Sent from a Danger Hiptop

- In cancun
  • From: Robert Stones <stonesy at danger.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 15:33:59 -0700
Hey Gert,

This is my first post, so bear with me. my girlfriend and I were staying in Cancun at a hotel that shall remain nameless... We were out all day yesterday at Chichen-itza and got soaked there, but returned to our hotel to be presented with no real updates. I have been using stormcarib.com to keep up to date.

I find the comments that tourists are being relocated to convention centers etc. A bit laughable, as we have been lucky enough to be housed in a shabby, run down mexican school (pix attached) I suppose our hosts are doing their best, but the classroom we are in has wooden louvers - I'd rather have stayed at the hotel. If you have any questions I can answer for you, ask away, and provide me with directions for posting some updates, I will keep them coming so long as we have GPRS here...

Robert Stones
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- Playa Del Carmen Mexico, Boarded up and Ready to go
  • From: "Grand Cayman Cruise Excursions --Island Marketing Ltd \(Cayman\)--" <webmaster at grandcaymancruiseexcursions.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 14:43:19 -0500
I'm posting this one from Orlando, we flew out of Cancun last night.  After living through  hurricane Ivan via friends and family in Grand Cayman we decided it would be best to get the kids out while we could.  The aftermath is no party.
We are in contact with friends in Playa, as long as the cell phones hold out.  Mike and Chrissy etc are actually staying at our house and we wish them all the best.
Here are a few photos of Playa del Carmen sent to me by Mike, probably the last ones out of there for a while.
Famous 5th Ave all boarded up
5th ave, usually a bustling area of tourists,sheek bars, restaurants and stores
Las Brisas Condos, 1 block from the beach
Mike and Chissy's condo, boarded up
Waiting for bus to evacuate
It looks like it my hit south of Playa Del Carmen, possibily Puerto Aventuras, it is the main marina which could be devestating as it is filled to the brim.
Will write more when I speak to them later this evening.
Bye for now.
Tracy Uggeri

- Riviera Maya
  • From: "Cliff" <cliffevansiii at msn.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 14:15:51 -0500

This was posted on http://renegade-cruisers.org discussion board today:


CANCUN, Mexico - A massive evacuation of tourists in one of the world's largest resorts began Sunday, with hundreds of buses dispatched to move tens of thousands of vacationers away from Hurricane Emily, heading for a direct hit on Mexico's coast.

“The size of the task was daunting: About 500 buses were ordered to move 30,000 tourists in
Cancun -- part of a total of 70,000-80,000 mostly foreign visitors to be evacuated statewide to temporary shelters in ballrooms and convention centers.

"We have very little hope that this will change course," said a grim-faced Cancun Mayor Francisco Alor. "This hurricane is coming with the same force as Gilbert," a legendary hurricane that killed 300 people in
Mexico and the Caribbean in 1988.

“That was the last time
Cancun faced a mass evacuation. But back then, the city and surrounding resort areas were fairly new and had only about 8,000 hotel rooms; that number has since grown to more than 50,000.

8 a.m. EDT Sunday, Emily was located about 305 miles east-southeast of Cozumel, and was moving toward the island at about 20 mph, with sustained winds of nearly 150 mph. The eye of the storm was expected to make landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula late Sunday or early Monday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

“Along the narrow spit of land that holds most of
Cancun's palatial hotels, workers scrambled to board up businesses and remove traffic lights along the eight-mile main strip, to keep them from becoming wind-borne projectiles when the hurricane hit.

"This hurricane isn't going to take
Cancun away from us," Alor vowed.

“Some three dozen of the city's largest, strongest hotels were putting rows of beds in windowless meeting halls and ballrooms to shelter those evacuated from smaller hotels and exposed beach-side rooms.

“On the
island of Cozumel, just south of Cancun, tourists were moved away from beachside hotels to ones closer to the center of the island, which may lie almost directly in the path of the Category 4 storm.

“An estimated 18,000 travelers streamed out of the
Cancun airport Saturday in advance of the storm, and the terminal may close Sunday as the hurricane draws closer. Some flights to Cancun already have been canceled.

“Improvised shelters were prepared at about 170 schools and community centers to hold local residents who may be forced to flee their homes. Authorities said they had enough food ready to feed 60,000-70,000 people.

Mexico also launched a large-scale evacuation of offshore oil platforms, ordering 15,000 workers off rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and leaving less than 1,000 attendants behind. The state-owned Pemex oil company said the move included closing 63 wells and halting the production of 480,000 barrels of oil per day.

“Emily is expected to cross over the
Yucatan peninsula and re-emerge in the gulf Monday. The hurricane is then expected to cross the gulf and hit Mexico again — this time near the U.S. border — later in the week.

“On its passage through the
Caribbean, Emily's winds ravaged hundreds of homes on the island of Grenada, destroyed crops and killed at least one man whose home was buried under a landslide.

“As the storm passed near
Jamaica Saturday night, howling wind gusts kicked up waves 8 feet tall and bent palm trees in Kingston, the capital. Torrential rains drenched parts of Jamaica's south coast and spread over the Cayman Islands.

“Downed utility poles and piles of storm debris blocked the seaside highway to
Kingston's international airport early Sunday. There were no reports of injuries.

Jamaica was spared the worst," Land and Environment Minister Dean Peart said.

“Hurricane center meteorologist Dave Roberts said Emily was the strongest storm to form this early in the Atlantic season since record-keeping began in 1860.

“Authorities already evacuated some tourists from the mainland resorts of Tulum and Playa de Carmen, also south of
Cancun, in some cases sending them as far away as Valladolid, a Yucatan city 100 miles inland.

“About 1,800 people were evacuated from the islands of Contoy and Holbox, just off the coast.

“Farther south, the government of
Belize issued a tropical storm watch for the coast from Belize City northward to the Mexico border. In the capital, boats were being tied down or taken up river.

“About 70 percent of the tourists being relocated in
Mexico are foreigners; the evacuees will be given free food and lodging at shelters in convention centers or ballrooms, said Jesus Almaguer, president of the Cancun Hotel Association.

"It would be inhuman to charge them," he said.

“In the seaside fishing
village of Port Royal, on a peninsula just south of Jamaica's capital, Kingston, storm-weary locals again boarded up windows and tied down metal roofs but said they were staying put.

"Last week it was Dennis, now it's Emily. What's next,
Franklin?" Gordon Murphy, 39, joked as his 2-year-old son played at his feet.

"If I'm going to die, it's to going to be right here," he said.

“Just outside
Kingston, swells up to two and a half metres pounded the shore, tossing rocks, sands and tree branches onto the seaside road leading to the international airport.

“Nearby, surfers gathered before majestic waves. "The waves are about (five to six metres) and really coming in heavily. Surfers have been out there since
six o'clock this morning," musician Billy Mystic told AP Television News.

“In the nearby seaside town of Bull Bay, residents took cover indoors as frothy surf slapped and climbed the shore, threatening several homes, some still in ruins from Hurricane Ivan last year.

"I'm getting really sick of this," said Lisa Henry, 39, whose two-bedroom home was flooded by nearly a metre of water by Dennis last week.

“Emily has unleashed heavy surf, gusty winds and torrential rains that carry the possibility of life-threatening mudslides. The hurricane centre also warned people to beware of abnormal tides with large and dangerous battering waves.

“Last year, three catastrophic hurricanes - Frances, Ivan and Jeanne - tore through the
Caribbean with a collective ferocity not seen in years, causing hundreds of deaths and billions of dollars in damage.

“Forecasters have predicted up to 15 Atlantic tropical storms this year, including three to five major hurricanes. The hurricane season began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.


Emily is still maintaining the same course and speed it has for a couple of days now. With a current position of 19.0 North by 84.3 West, Emily is a High Category 4 Hurricane whose eye is expected to first make landfall very near Tulum / Akumal by the very early hours of tomorrow morning, Monday, 18 July 2005. As of 10:00AM CDT Today, 17 July, 2005, Emily was a little over 200 miles from Tulum. They will need everyone’s prayers. They are in mine and I'll make lots for them.

The Costa Maya doesn't yet show any effect from Emily.

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- emily
  • From: "mike, and chrissy hopson" <hotinplaya at playful.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 12:58:08 -0500

Sunday 12:34 up date Playa Del Carmen
Wow , what a differance a few hours make,
The town is like a ghost town, few people left,  civil has announced that anyone on the streets after 3:00pm will be picked up and taken to shelter, Presidente Fox, made an address, reassuring people that the Government is taking all steps possible, starting with pre posotioning releaf supplies in Hermasillo, (bout 6 hours inland)
we think she will be coming in, about 30 miles south of Playa, witch is good news for Cancun, south of Playa they are evacuating all the Hotels, with hotel personel going and staying with the people by Bus to centers in Cancun
we are leaving here in about an hour, God Bless
Mike and Chrissy and family and about 8 others who will be staying with us!!

- cancun
  • From: "Israel Childress" <israelchildress at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 16:14:17 +0000
good moring !!! 17 /07/2005

everybody, reporting from cancun

while emily keeps aproaching the yucatan peninsula, the governor from the state of quintana roo has declare red alert for all the state.
today at 6am the tourista where move to shelters
in cancun we are protecting our homes and business as better we can
emily its located at 83 west 18 north
589 km from the cozumel island
max speed winds from240 km
elctricity will be cut at 6pm
expecting to strike us around 8pm
at 12noon nobody cant go out or in the city
army will be patrolling the city
all shelters are ready
right now the weather its beautifull

this will be my last transmission

israel childress

- Emily
  • From: "mike, and chrissy hopson" <hotinplaya at playful.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 09:26:24 -0500

made a report last night, but didnt figure out how to post untill this morning,

We are an American couple living in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico for the last 10 years (moved here from St. Thomas after Marylynn)

with 2 kids, Chelsea & and Migualitt 5

One thing I can say, after seeing the devastaion of Ivan last year so close to here, eveeryone is taking this seriously, especially the authorities!!

Thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers,
Sunday 9:00 am update,
Awoke hoping the best, (that Emily would learn Florida is that way), but I guess she's stupid!!
People still going about their buisness, getting things done, in a calm matter, lots of joking, and starting to see slogans being painted on the plywoods, that I dare not repeat, on this site!!!!
Civil defense are broadcasting on all radio stations every 30 minutes in,(spanish,english,mayan) with advice and places for evacuation, we understand they will be shutting down the power grid this afternoon around four (they do it in stages).
Have been told that the army with civil defense people have been going thru the poorer areas where the structure are sub par, making people leave to safer evacuation centers.
We are putting our stuff that we can afford to loose in a back bedroom we fill will be the safest. Have a truck coming to move the things we value, (guess we will bring the kids).
Was at the beach for a few minutes, still calm, light breeze, flat sea's, but we are just now seeing the beginning of the clouds in a north to south direction.
Will try to make another report before shutting down and getting the heck out of here
One more thing, a friend works at a 90 unit resort, believe it or not, they had 17 check in yesterday, and they have been trying to get everyone out.
and the last ferry from Cozumel was ran last night.
Mike Chrissy Chelsea Migualitto

- Emily
  • From: "mike, and chrissy hopson" <hotinplaya at playful.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 08:34:59 -0500
UPDATE, sat. 8:30pm
little about our family, (guess you can tell I'm a little bored, took down the satilite dish 2 hrs ago)
We live about 100 yards from the ocean, on the 1st floor of a 3 story condo, about 16' above sea level, we are not staying there due to a possible storm surge of 20' (maybe crazy, not stupid) (and we are under a manatory evacuation order)we have boarded up and are moving to a house inland, the owners (good friends of ours)(and formaly from Cayman, Matteo and Tracy)(we all thank them for their generosty)  operate an internet based company from their home, they have flown out today to Orlando, as they need power and internet for their buisness.We plan on riding out the storm there, ,after we will check out our house, decide to move back or stay there.We are well equiped, generator, lights ect.and God willing expect to do fine.
The community is doing great, people going about there buisness getting things done, after a brief panic shopping last night, the government moved in , and most shops were restocked this morning, most lumber yards had flat bed trailers parked loaded with materials, and no price goughing, (prices set by the government).
We have been listening to the local radio station's, and thankfully they are repeating the broadcast in english and Mayan.
All in all , we are very impressed and assured with the attention the civil/armed forces are giving to our community.
Mike , Chrissy , Chelsea, Migual

- For the Riviera Maya
  • From: "Cliff" <cliffevansiii at msn.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 00:10:57 -0500

Since it appears at this time my home, the Costa Maya, will be spared the fury of Emily, I will focus on helping the people of the northern Yucatan. They most likely will not be anywhere near as fortunate as I think we will be. For the past couple of days I have believed Emily would lay her eye on Tulum. Though it is still many hours until landfall, it seems Tulum will be her target.


As a general rule the northeast quadrant of a hurricane is the “dirtiest” part of the storm. That is, areas in the dirty part’s path experience the most forceful winds, spawned tornados, and worst of all, the storm surge. It appears Tulum, Puerto Aventuras, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres and Cancun will be in extreme danger of extensive damage and loss of life. My prayers are that their hearts be spared the pain and suffering that comes with the loss of one’s home and/or a friend or loved one. Please God, keep their losses at a minimum.


From the 10:00PM CDT position report for Emily on 17 July, 2005 the eye of the storm is about 579 miles (932 km) away from Tulum. If the system keeps moving at its current speed of 16 mph and directly towards Tulum, it will take around 36.2 hours (1.5 days) to reach Tulum. Given the current wind field ( guessing at 150 miles from the center), tropical storm winds will be felt in 26.8 hours (1.1 days). If indeed nothing major changes, the Riviera Maya will be a pretty rough place to be at sunrise Monday. I doubt anyone in the area will be able to sleep through Sunday night because the wind should start getting violent around 10:00PM.


There is an animated infrared satellite image available from Intellicast called HIRES. It is updated about every thirty minutes. Since it is time to watch such a relatively small area, I recommend you click this link: CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH EMILY Be certain you refresh your browser every quarter hour or so to stay current on exactly where Emily is and where she is going. If for some reason, there is a directional change you will see it there first.


Nobody along the Yucatan is completely out of the woods yet nor is anybody absolutely condemned for destruction yet. Hurricanes remain unpredictable. May God bless each and everyone who will be affected by hurricane Emily.



Cliff Evans

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- cozumel pic. 3p.m.
  • From: "james ewing" <cozumel111 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005 17:33:59 -0500
from jim ewing , cozumel

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- cozumel pic. 3p.m.
  • From: "james ewing" <cozumel111 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005 17:33:59 -0500
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- Emily and the Costa Maya
  • From: "Cliff" <cliffevansiii at msn.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005 17:11:02 -0500

From the 5:30PM position reports and forecasts I used the http://www.stormcarib.com distance tools also linked at the bottom of http://www.portillas.com (which also includes other tropical weather product links) to calculate the following:

Results for 18.2285N, 87.84166W (Xcalak):
The approximate Closest Point of Approach (CPA) is located near 20.1N, 87.0W or about 141.5 miles (227.7 km) from Xcalak. The estimated time of when the eye will be at that CPA location is in about 33.5 hours.

The eye of the storm is about 605 miles (973 km) away from Xcalak. If the system keeps moving at its current speed of 16 kt and directly towards Xcalak, it would take around 32.8 hours (1.4 days) to reach Xcalak. Given the current wind field (140 nm or 161.1 miles from the center), tropical storm winds will be felt in 24.1 hours (1.0 days).



I expect Cancun to get the nastiest part of Emily at around 4:00 to 5:00AM Monday, 18 July 2005. Conditions most likely will begin to diminish rapidly starting around noon tomorrow, Sunday, 17 July 2005.


The following report was just issued by the NHC:




530 PM EDT SAT JUL 16 2005



























WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 6 TO 8 FT. N OF 18N E OF 82W E TO SE



..TUE...S OF 18N E OF 82W E WINDS 20 KT. SEAS 7 TO 8 FT. S OF 18N





One note of particular interest to me is the revised southwest quadrant conditions stated to extend from the eye of only 60nm. If this does indeed happen, it would be great news for the Costa Maya. We could possibly be spared. Again these are only forecasts and Emily is almost a category five storm. She can do whatever she wants without regard to reason or logic. She makes her own weather.


Let’s hope for the best.


- COZUMEL : emily board-up & pray
  • From: "james ewing" <cozumel111 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005 16:52:23 -0500

from jim ewing, cozumel , looks like we have a good chance of a hit here from emily.ferry service to playa del carmen is shutting down,the last of the boats have been taken out of the water,and brought to inland areas.there is one cruise ship here,leaving soon. the marina is like a ghost town,all gone to safer areas. downtown is almost boarded up,and hotels have sent most tourist's to cancun. planes are leaving,not comming in. plywood all gone,nails,not to be found. wind is picking up,even though the storm is a day away.thank you all for your e-mails,i will try to get ahold of family you have here on the island,as long as the lines are open. the island is starting to gett into a full shut-down mode. you can almost hear a pin drop here. more later after i go to the other side of the island.( east side ) good luck to all. jim ewing

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- Cozumel, Mexico Prepares for Hurricane Emily
  • From: "Jeanette Chin" <jeanette_chin at ypbr.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005 17:12:23 -0400

Hi Gert,


I am sending news from Cozumel regarding the current status on island as they prepare for Hurricane Emily that I was hoping you could post to the Caribbean Hurricane Network site.  Please find the press statement from the island below.


Thank you for helping us get the word out from the island during this urgent time.  


Please let me know if you should have any questions on this. 


Best Regards,

Jeanette Chin


Jeanette_chin at ypbr.com






COZUMEL, MEXICO, prepares foR hurricane Emily


July 16, 2005 (3:00 PM)  – As forecasted by the National Weather Service, Hurricane Emily is expected to move through Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula late Sunday evening (July 17).  At this time, the island of Cozumel is on orange alert and has initiated on-island preparations for the storm’s arrival.  However, contrary to earlier reports, no official evacuation has been issued.


According to Gaston Cantarell Diaz, president of the Cozumel Hotel Association, the island is well equipped for the storm and prepared to accommodate all tourists on island.


 “All of the necessary preparations are in place to ensure the safety of both our residents and visitors, and should it become necessary, we are well-equipped to accommodate travelers at several emergency shelters throughout downtown Cozumel,” he said.


If weather conditions continue:


·         The Cozumel airport is expected to suspend operation tomorrow if winds exceed 25 knots.    


·         All ferry services and cruise ships to the island will suspend operation at 6:00 p.m. CST Saturday, July 16.                              


·         Tourists on island were provided the option of remaining in Cozumel or leaving the island in advance of the storm. 


·         For those travelers who elected to remain on island, resorts have safety shelters located on property and have enough resources, including food and water, to care for guests up to 15 days.


·         If necessary, the Cozumel Convention Center will serve as a back-up shelter specifically for visiting tourists and can accommodate up to 2,000 individuals.


·         More than 500 additional resort rooms have been designated to serve as storm shelter for residents and guests, if necessary.


·         Cozumel resorts and hotels will have updates on the storm available at each hotel’s front desk.  Concerned friends and family members of guests currently on island can contact the hotels directly for information as well.  Individual hotel listings and contact information can be located at www.islacozumel.com.mx


·         Major tour operators are providing travelers with the option to rebook there current travel arrangements for the end of July and August. 


·         Additional updates from the island will be available at www.visitmexico.com.  



For more information, please contact YPB&R Public Relations:


Noel Perkins                                     Jeanette Chin

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Jeanette Chin 
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- Emily is coming
  • From: Linda Gosslin <gosslindl at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005 10:27:00 -0700 (PDT)
Good afternoon.  We just got our internet back after 12 hours down, and have been informed the antenna will be taken down later today to protect it from the storm.
So a quick posting to say - we're preparing for the worst here in Paamul.  It appears that Emily is still on a direct course for us.  The latest prediction puts it ashore just barely south of Cozumel.  Most people I've talked to are leaving for a concrete structure or for another city inland.  There was some intense rain and a few gusts of wind this morning, but it was not part of Emily's rainbands.  We're a bit concerned about Cliff's remarks concerning the predicted 45' wave ahead of the storm.  All the boats are gone, of course.  But we are only a few feet above sea level here, and not more than 50' from the edge of the sea. 
Can't send anymore postings until after the fact, so good luck to everyone in Jamaica, Caymans, Cuba and the Yucatan.

  Linda L. Gosslin

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- Emily and the Yucatan
  • From: "Cliff" <cliffevansiii at msn.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005 12:19:26 -0500

After the 11:00AM EST forecasts the results for 18.2285N, 87.84166W Xcalak, Q Roo Mexico I calculated these projections using the tools from this website, http://www.stormcarib.com :

The approximate Closest Point of Approach (CPA) is located near 20.2N, 86.9W or about 149.3 miles (240.3 km) from your location. The estimated time of when the eye will be at that location is in about 38.6 hours.


About the only thing that seems to have changed is the timing of the worst of it here. As near as I can figure, we should get the worst of it around 2 or 3 in the morning Monday. Emily is still a Category 4 hurricane but is on the verge of being a Category 5.

The eye of the storm is about 710 miles (1143 km) away from Xcalak. If the system keeps moving at its current speed of 18 mph and directly towards me, it will take around 39.5 hours (1.6 days) to reach here. Given the current wind field (150 miles from the center), tropical storm winds will be felt here in 31.1 hours (1.3 days).

noon Sunday, I'd recommend everybody along the Yucatan coast to be ready to make a decision to leave. In the worst case scenario, that could be the last chance to do so safely. Good luck and take care all!



Visit Portillas.com at http://www.portillas.com

- Re: hurricane correspondents cancun
  • From: "Israel Childress" <israelchildress at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005 13:22:10 +0000

from cancun México    8:21 am

now we are on yellow alert emily might strike us between sunday and monday monday at 2am
now she is located at at 15*n 75*w category number 4
from cancun 45 hours distance
since yesterday the hotels advice tourist to live cancun
tourist that they don't want to live they have to sign a letter
the hurricane will strike us between cozumel and tulum
tomorrow will start feeling high winds and heavy rain
we are spec ting to have wind 150mph to 170 mph
yesterday local people start buying food supplies.

well my friends in a couple of hours I will not be able to send any reports at all
I hope that we dont get a lot of damage and I will aske you to pray for us

israel Childress

- Storm Surge From Emily
  • From: "Cliff" <cliffevansiii at msn.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2005 16:05:18 -0500

Hi Gert:


 I don’t know if you remember me. I wrote you last year. Luckily, we had no tropical stuff near Xcalak last year. I have posted the following on our local message boards:


“I am becoming increasingly concerned about a possible storm surge, the most dangerous part of a hurricane. No matter where the eye of the storm goes, this giant wave could present a problem for anybody along the coast of the Yucatan. In the next 24 hours, there is predicted to be a 45 foot wave ahead of Emily. I have put the wind and wave height prediction map for July 16, 2005, (tomorrow at the time of this writing) on my home page, http://www.portillas.com. I am not saying it is time to panic and flee. This storm is still over 1,100 miles away and if it heads straight for us will only make another 450 miles progress in the next 24 hours. What I am saying is the surge must also be watched by anyone along the coast of the Yucatan. The surge could be deadly even if the storm skirts us. The National Hurricane Center publishes these wind and wave prediction maps on their website. You can click on the map at Portillas.com or the text below it to go directly to their site for updated information in case I am unable to update. Be smart and most of all, be safe!


I haven’t noticed mention of this at stormcarib.com. I thought you might consider reminding your folks of this.



Cliff Evans


- Hurricane Emily-Cozumel Island
  • From: UnderSea Adventures <lostreef at prodigy.net.mx>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 17:42:29 -0700
July 14
5pm CST
Greetings from Cozumel Island!
Hurricane Emily is now at or near 13.3N 69.9W or about 440 miles Southeast of Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Maximum sustained winds at 115mph, with gusts to 140mph. 
The Presidente de la Isla (mayor) has activated stage one (Green) of the emergency preparation system.
All hurricane models (NOGAPS, GFS, BAM, UKMET, GFDL) indicate a direct or near direct hit on the island sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning. All public forecasters( NOAA, Weather Underground, Accu-Weather, the Weather Channel, Florida State University) concur.
Long lines at gas stations already exist. Grocery stores are doing brisk business and the lumber yards are selling out. Last years close call with Ivan has island residents taking this storm very seriously. We are personally boarding up at present.
The Mexican government believes that the storm could attain Category 4 strength, before making land fall, in the Yucatan Peninsula. This is quickly becoming a dangerous storm and should be considered such. Those planning to vacation, in the area, this coming weekend, would be wise to give serious thought to this storm.
Mike Beasley

- cozumel report- jim ewing
  • From: "james ewing" <cozumel111 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2005 09:31:21 -0500
as we are in the direct path as shown today,the island is starting to plywood up. gas lines are still small,but people are stocking up. should the storm enter our ares, the two truck ferries should shut down on sat. night. more to be posted at a later date. contact phone in cozumel to locate someone on the island (if phone lines are working )  jim ewing  987-872-5649

- Puerto Morelos MX
  • From: Bill <billncarol at prodigy.net.mx>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 18:43:54 -0700
Well were on target....current science says 100 miles to our south, after maybe 100 hours, unless there is a burp. At this point I'm with science, not the local fishermen..doom, prepare to pull the boats!
So as 5 year newbe's we were off earlier today to  buy  flash lights, 10 grandee plastic bags to protect our electronics, some tape for windows, back up medicine and canned food. 400 gallons of bottled water and purex for back up. Truck is topped off if we need to flee. The kids next door have rented a place inland and are leaving.
It is nice, calm and sunny right now. Of course if we are hit or a near hit power and tele will blow away. Keeps me on alert. I'm getting a webcam tomorrow for on the scene photos.
Stay tuned!
Bill and Carol

- Here it comes!
  • From: Linda Gosslin <gosslindl at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2005 10:57:03 -0700 (PDT)
Hello from Paamul, across the channel from Cozumel, Mexico.  It's been a very rainy June, and now July arrives with another "tropical wave."  The skies are darkening and thunder is beginning to rumble.  The TV satellite signal has gone out, no doubt the power is next - which will end any chance of writing a report til after the event.  This looks like a system that will become something when it gets to the Gulf.  And here's the rain!  More later................

  Linda L. Gosslin

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