Hurricane Rina Approaches. Cancun Panics.

We finally have our first (and hopefully last) hurricane of the 2011 season… Hurricane Rina. Trajectories show her headed straight for Cancun, and she should be hitting Cozumel at 2 pm tomorrow, passing through Cancun in the evening, then out of here by 2 am Friday morning. **Update: this has now changed to 8 pm Thurs to 8 am Friday… NOOOO!!! But they’re saying she’s breaking up and will only be a Category 1 🙂

Update #2: Hurricane Rina should only be a tropical storm by the time it hits Cancun.


She should turn into a Category 3 before hitting the peninsula, then go back down to a 2 as she heads over Cancun.

Long story short: an annoyance, but not nearly as bad as Hurricane Wilma from 2005.

I’m thinking Hurricane Rina won’t be a big deal for 2 reasons. First of all, the sea turtles nested near the ocean in Cancun this year, which indicates that there won’t be any big weather events this hurricane season. Also, I woke up to lots of birds chirping this morning (as usual), and my friend tells me that if the birds are hanging around right before the hurricane, it’s not going to be a big deal. Sounds about right to me!

Cancun woke up sunny and bright this morning. Hurry up, Rina!

I’m hoping she gets here quickly and leaves quickly so I can get my weekend back! I’m going to be live tweeting at the Festival de Vida y Muerte at Xcaret on Sunday night, their annual Day of the Dead celebration. (**update: the festival has been cancelled for the 30 and 31, but is still on for Nov 1 and 2) If Hurricane Rina is out of here by Saturday, I’ll also be going to their parade on 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen. Fingers crossed, people!

Plus our flight for Brazil leaves on Tuesday, so I need the Cancun airport to be operating at 100% by then!

Jorge and I did a bit of hurricane panic shopping last night, a Cancun tradition. We bought a roll of duct tape (keeps shards of glass from flying across the room if the window breaks), 2 small boxes of milk, Fruit Loops, spaghetti sauce and 2 small flashlights.

True story: We were at City Club last night. We saw a woman walk by with arms filled with maybe 25-30 rolls of duct tape… for reals. We asked her where she found the duct tape, and she says, “Over on that table, but hurry up! There are only 2 rolls left!”

Hmmm…