In Norse mythology, Thor is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, and such malevolent weather.
To say we have had a lot of rain in the last week or so would be putting it mildly. In short Thor is putting the hammer down on us!
When we moved to Mexico we had given little thought to weather extremes. It appeared that living 45 miles from the Gulf of Mexico that that would keep us high and dry – too far inland for weather extremes – wrong.
First we found ourselves travelling back and forth between Colorado and Xico during hurricane season. On occasions the roads were virtually impossible to travel on. Then in the aftermath of hurricane seasons the road conditions were abominable. We learned to modify our travel schedules to minimize, not eliminate, problems.
We knew going in that there would be a lot of rainfall in the Xalapa-Coatepec-Xico area – but damn! There is a lot of rainfall in this area. During the many fall and winter soakings we decided to go further south buying property in the beach town of Puerto Escondido. We heard stories about long time ago earthquakes and hurricanes but had our schedules to where we would not be in Puerto during, well the hurricane season anyway.
One must face the fact that living three blocks from any ocean’s edge can be hazardous.
You might recall a year ago we were sweating out a huge forest fire near our adobe casita in Capitan, New Mexico and at the same time worrying from afar (here in Xico actually) about Hurricane Carlotta which made landing in our neighborhood in Puerto.
The fire licked the edge of Capitan and during our recent visit we saw the huge amount of burnt terrain all around – but our casa was safe – saved. Carlotta hoisted a neighbor’s patio onto the edge of our beach house’s roof coming to settle in the backyard. Our next-door neighbors lost their entire roof (and had their car stolen from their driveway the night after the hurricane). So once again we dodged the bullets.
This year we were thinking lightning does not strike in the same place (literally in Capitan) and gross weather conditions would happen places other than ours – well we got ahead of ourselves on that one.
The U.S. Embassy today, September 15, 2013, released a warning regarding:
HURRICANE INGRID AND TROPICAL STORM MANUEL
This is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Mexico that the National Hurricane Center (NHC), www.nhc.noaa.gov/, has issued a warning for Hurricane Ingrid, currently located in the Gulf of Mexico on the eastern coast of Mexico near the states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz… Ingrid is expected to make landfall Monday on the coasts north of Veracruz and south of Tamaulipas. From there, Ingrid is expected to move inland towards San Luis Potosi. Ingrid is expected to produce torrential rains of 10 to 15 inches over a large part of eastern Mexico. Isolated amounts of 25 inches of rain are also possible. These rains are likely to result in life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, especially in regions of mountainous terrain… people residing in the coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico and areas in eastern Mexico take precautions against the effects of rain, strong winds, and large and destructive waves.
Separately, the Government of Mexico has issued a tropical storm watch for Tropical Storm Manuel. Currently, Manuel is moving towards the southwestern coast of Mexico and is likely to make landfall late on Sept. 15. Manuel is expected to produce torrential rains of 5 to 15 inches in the states of Guerrero, Michoacán, Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit, Zacatecas, Guanajuato, Queretaro, Mexico State, Distrito Federal, Morelos, and Oaxaca. Isolated amounts of 25 inches of rain are also possible. These rains are likely to result in life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, especially in regions of mountainous terrain…people residing in the above-mentioned states take precautions against the effects of rain, strong winds, and large and destructive waves.
U.S. citizens should monitor local radio, local media, and the National Weather Service and Servicio Meteorológico Nacional to stay aware of area weather developments. Minor tropical storms can develop into hurricanes very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation. Travelers should apprise family and friends of their whereabouts and remain in close contact with hotel staff and/or local officials for evacuation instructions in a weather emergency.
In the aftermath of some previous storms, U.S. citizens traveling abroad have encountered uncomfortable and often dangerous conditions that have lasted for several days while awaiting transportation back to the United States. In the past, many U.S. citizens have been forced to delay travel due to infrastructure damage to airports and limited flight availability. Roads were also washed out or obstructed by debris, adversely affecting access to airports and land routes out of affected areas. Reports of looting and sporadic violence in the aftermath of natural disasters are not uncommon. Security personnel may not be readily available to assist at all times. In the event of a hurricane, travelers should be aware that they may not be able to depart the area for 24-48 hours or longer.
Both Puerto and Xico are getting swamped with rain right now and a short time ago this from our local Forum (TomZap) in Puerto:
“Puerto Water System Down Due to [Flooding]”
A member of our board translated this from a city engineer:
“The entire potable water service [the water that comes through the pipes] for the city of Puerto Escondido and the colonias will be temporarily suspended due to the flooding of the Colotepec River, it was announced last night by Santiago Aguilar, administrator of the State Water System. The flood water entered the wells and damaged the electrical grid that serves the pumps. The extent of the damage is not yet known, but we may be without water for some days.”
Here I am thinking: So much rain there is no water – what irony – but seriously not atypical.
We are buttoning down the hatches here waiting for Ingrid and Manuel to show up.
We are in a safe place and in no danger. And we are staying put.
Oh – and HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY MEXICO! – please Stay Tuned!