Prior to being a couple of bloggers in Mexico, Linda and I lived in Florida for many years. During that time, we had our fair share of experiences with powerful tropical storms and hurricanes. In fact, we had three hurricanes pass over our house in a single season back in 2004.
Those hurricanes left our house severely damaged and Linda injured. She fractured her back during the second hurricane when she fell from the top of the attic steps in the garage after passing me a bucket to deal with the cascade of water pouring in through our damaged roof. Her injuries required surgery, which she had just prior to the third hurricane hitting the area. She had to endure several days without electricity in the sweltering Florida heat with stitches in her back.
Some folks might think that we would avoid retiring in a place that could potentially get hit by a hurricane — but we didn’t. We ended up buying a condo in Mexico’s Riviera Maya so we could spend our days on the beautiful Caribbean beaches here. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t take certain factors into consideration when purchasing here.
We made sure that our condo was well above sea level and far enough from the beach to reduce the risks associated with storm surge. We also purchased a condo with exterior and interior block walls and a solid concrete roof. There are two windowless bathrooms in the event that we need to stay away from the windows for a bit.
We learned many years ago in Florida that it’s important to pay close attention to the track of the first few storms of the season. They can be a good indicator if one particular area will get hit harder than others that year by future storms. As one old timer told me many years ago, storms tend to follow a similar track for the season, and unlike lightening, these things often strike the same place at least twice.
That was certainly the case in 2004 when we lived in Florida, and we’re seeing a similar pattern this year where we live in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. We’re only hours a way from the fourth major storm of the season, Hurricane Zeta, to pass through this area. It is expected to strengthen to a category one before it makes landfall.
Prior to this year, we hadn’t had any trouble with storms here. Just some periods of heavy rain from time to time.
We feel comfortable sheltering in place for this storm. If it was expected to be a category three or higher with the same trajectory, we would have probably evacuated to a city inland or flown out.
Outside of our little slice of Heaven, the state has suspended alcohol sales and businesses have been ordered to close by 2 PM. Everyone is battening down the hatches and waiting for Hurricane Zeta to arrive. Well, all we can do now is sit around and wait.
If you’re in this neck of the woods, stay indoors and stay safe. We’ll see you on the other side of this thing.