Weakened Jova Mexico
October 12, 2011 by staff
The eye of the Category 2 hurricane was expected to move over western Mexico early Wednesday. Further weakening is forecast once the center of the storm crosses the coast.
Center of the storm was about 60 miles west of the resort city of Manzanillo at 11 pm ET, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was moving northeast at 8 mph, with winds of 100 mph.
The outer bands of Jova moved ashore Tuesday morning, the center said.
Rain fell in Manzanillo as hotel workers board up windows and sandbagged the beach in preparation for the storm.
The mayor said 36 shelters were open and that the authorities set up barricades to prevent flooding in areas that usually have problems.
“As tourists, they were told that unless they have urgent issues the city must leave,” said Mayor Nabor Ochoa.
About 30 elderly residents were moved from their home to a shelter in the area before the storm.
“No man is confidence,” said 69-year-old Cecilia Sanchez about the preparations that were made. “But a God who hears my prayers.”
In the shelter where you are, the local director of civil protection authorities said they can not afford to board up windows.
“We know that in the United States to protect them (windows) of plywood. We have not been able to do here, because we ¹ t have no resources to do it,” said David Sanchez.
A hurricane warning is in effect from Punta San Telmo to Cabo Corrientes to the north, near Puerto Vallarta.
“Our main concern is the welfare of the population,” said Trinidad Lopez, director of civil protection in the state of Jalisco on Monday. “We are doing everything possible to protect people.”
At least 100 shelters were open, said Lopez. Workers distributed food, cots and blankets, and heavy machinery equipment placed in strategic locations throughout the state, he said.
Mexico’s federal government was also assisting. More than 300 soldiers were deployed and members of the Navy of Mexico in Puerto Vallarta are on alert, Lopez said.
While officials prepared for the arrival of the storm, tourists to the popular tourist area said they are determined not to let the storm ruin your trip.
“We already have plans. Everything is paid. We. We are not going to bother,” said Doris Milburn, who was heading to Puerto Vallarta for a week-long trip with her daughter, her grandson and the grandson’s girlfriend.
Arkansas resident said her family was willing to have fun, even if the rainy weather threat.
“Let’s walk, have a margarita or two, (a) Bloody Mary and read our books,” he said while waiting for a flight at the airport in Dallas.
Mexico’s National Weather Service warned sailors of the Pacific coast of the country to prepare for the increasing rain, waves and wind.
High surf warnings were in effect from Jova generated swells hit parts of the southwest coast of Mexico.
“These waves can cause life threatening surf and rip current conditions,” said National Hurricane Center. “Jova is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches in the states of Michoac?n, Colima and Jalisco and Nayarit, with possible isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches.”
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