By Daniel Chang (Miami Herald) Hurricane Rina continued to lose strength early Thursday but remained a Category 1 storm with 75 mph winds and higher gusts as the cyclone heads toward the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami-Dade issued an advisory at 7 a.m., reporting that the storm is becoming less organized and may fizzle into a tropical storm later Thursday.
via Hurricane Rina fizzling, no longer threat to South Florida – Hurricanes – MiamiHerald.com.
(Business Wire) Frontier Airlines said today that it has enacted guidelines to provide travelers flexibility ahead of the expected impact of Hurricane Rina on Cancun, Mexico. The policies apply to customers who purchased tickets on or before October 25, 2011.
Cancun Hurricane Rina Advisory
For guests scheduled to travel to, from and through Cancun Oct. 26-29, 2011:
- Those whose travel has already begun may make one itinerary change. Rules and restrictions regarding standard change fees, advance purchase, day or time applications, blackouts, and minimum or maximum stay requirements have been waived. Origin and destination cities must remain the same. Changes must be made by midnight, Oct. 29, 2011, and travel completed by Nov. 12, 2011.
- Those who have not begun travel may make one change to their travel plans without a change fee or difference in fare if changed by Oct. 29, 2011 and travel occurs by Nov. 12, 2011. All travel rescheduled after Nov. 12, 2011 may be subject to higher fares if it does not meet original rule or booking class.
For more information regarding Frontier’s weather policy or to check the status of a flight, visit the travel advisory page on FrontierAirlines.com.
From “Travel” Magazine
Officials hope to convince tourists that travel there is now safe
TULUM, Mexico – The last time Bud Olson visited Mexico, he ended up in a hospital with kidney stones and missed the ancient Mayan ruins in the seaside town of Tulum. So when he heard that swine flu was sweeping through Mexico just weeks before he was to return this year, the 43-year-old Seattle resident and his friends threw all caution to the warm Caribbean breezes and went anyway.
His reward? No lines, great service, empty beaches –- and lower prices.
“There was no one at our resort,” said Olson’s friend, Penny Moeller, 44. “The service was spectacular. But it’s a shame for the economy.”
Some of the promotions being advertised:
Flu-free guarantee: Several hotel chains in Cancun are offering a free vacation a year for three consecutive years if guests come down with swine flu within 14 days of their departure and can produce the blood tests to prove it.
Free insurance: Mexico City is offering tourists free health insurance.
Package deals: Expedia Inc. says average price of vacation packages to Cancun in which a flight and hotel are booked together has dropped 26 percent compared to last summer.
Continuously updated satellite image.
Hurricane Dean made landfall as a Category Five hurricane at 3:30 a.m. today at Majahual, 190 miles south of Cancun. Winds were estimated as high as 185 mph.
As of 7:42 a. m., basic services are functioning normally in Cancun. Some public transportation has been suspended, including ADO long-distance bus service. All traffic signal lights were removed prior to the storm. Civil defense authorities have asked the population to stay at home and avoid unnecessary movement. Weather remains windy with some rain, but clouds are now lifting somewhat.
Access to the Hotel Zone is restricted by a police checkpoint at the entrance. Elements of the Mexican army and the Policía Federal Preventiva (PFP) are patrolling Boulevard Kukulcán. According to our local newspaper, Novedades de Quintana Roo, high waves have flooded the beach at Playa Mirador as a result of the fierce winds. Hurricane Dean is approximately at the halfway mark in its progress across the state. All airports in Quintana Roo are closed.
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CNN — At 8 p.m., Dean’s eye was located about 210 miles (435 kilometers) east of Chetumal, Mexico, the hurricane center said. The storm was moving west at about 20 mph (32 kph).
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Hurricane Dean, from the international space station, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007. (AP Photo/NASA TV)
Translated from Notimex:
Governor Félix González Canto has decreed a red alert for the southern parts of Quintana Roo due to the imminent arrival of hurricane Dean. The northern area of the state, including Cancun, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres remain in orange alert while the storm continues on its current trajectory.
Approximately 7 p.m. tropical storm strength winds will be felt along the coast. Dean should make landfall near Majahual, 190 miles south of Cancun, at two a.m. Tuesday, and at about 10 a.m. continue across the Yucatan, Campeche and the Gulf of Mexico.