Sunday, September 15, 2013

Not ONE but TWO Hurricanes in Mexico

I've been tracking Hurricane Ingrid since it was called an Invest and was south of the Yucatan!  Why you ask?  Well I was thinking that I had a window of opportunity to drive up and back to Texas before the first of October if I left on Tuesday, the 17th.

                                                                  It isn't going to happen!

When  I saw that Ingrid was potentially going to turn into a storm heading for Tampico, which is to the North East of us and continue across the path that I would be driving, I hesitated.  As it grew and actually became a hurricane, I knew and know that I'm not going to be able to go that way until much later in the week.

Then Manuel popped into the picture.  Now there is a Hurricane watch for Manzanillo and parts North of there.  For some reason, we always get rain from storms that hit in that area.  Not as much as they get, but
quite a bit for these parts.

Since Friday, we've had 2.8 inches of rain!  No let up in sight.  A couple of years ago a Hurricane or Tropical Storm came in on the path Ingrid is taking and caused road and bridge washouts along with bad flooding in the Monterrey area.  An area that I have to traverse, if I drive up.

I believe in "signs".  One sign from the Universe causes me to pause.  Two signs, as in the format of two hurricanes, has stopped me dead in my tracks.

So, another lesson in patience begins.  I could be ready to go, IF I can find out the roads are okay by Wednesday.  But ONLY if I know that for sure.  I'm a sissy.  I don't want to have to ford streams, creeks or torrents of water.  NOR do I want to be sitting on top of my car.  Something I've never done and don't intend to start now.

I say all the time that I so love living in San Miguel because we don't have hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes or floods.  I think I'm going to stop saying that!  No, it won't be hurricane strength when they both arrive or skirt here.  However, tropical depressions can be just as disastrous.

Ask all the people who lived in Houston in 1979 when we had 42 inches of rain in 24 hours.  I lived one block from the Bay and by the time it was over, I almost lived ON the bay.  It was merely a tropical depression.

So patience is the password for today and probably the next couple of days.  IF I don't get to go now for a short visit, I'll go up in November, for sure............hurricane season will be over!

14 comments:

Shannon said...

It definitely looks like we are in for a few wet days Barbara. I think the decision not to travel right now is a wise one!

Babs said...

Thanks Shannon. I'm trying to be wise and patient - neither of which is easy for me! ha.........

Christine said...

We will be hoping for your safety. It does look like "the perfect storm" could meet in central Mexcio.

Babs said...

Thanks Christine. You can rest assured I won't be going unless it is totally safe. I'm a scaredy cat

alcuban said...

I'm going to start reading the weather reports, something i haven't done since i moved here eight years ago. Wait for this stuff to blow over I'd say.

Al

Babs said...

Al, I don't usually pay attention unless I'm getting ready to travel...I won't drive til it's safe.

Ya'll be careful too!

Kay Cox said...

Patience, my dear, Texas will still be here when the time is right. Stock up on candles and sit these storms out with a good book.

Babs said...

So true Kay, but you know patience is SO hard for me, ha.

calypso said...

Mexico roads in September - always a possibility of a challenge there.

Nice thing about retirement - schedules are VERY flexible ;-)

Babs said...

You are so right Calypso. There is a website to check the road conditions and bridge conditions. I'm trying to get that site now.....so I can precheck.

sparks_mex said...

Manuel must have fallen apart when it came ashore in Manzanillo. Only light to moderate rain and no wind here in Melaque

Friend Ron in SMA says you are getting "dumped on"

Babs said...

That's great to hear about Manuel! Yes, from Friday to this morning about 3 inches.........enough already.The skies have lightened a teeny bit! Thankfully...

Thanks for the info Sparks!

sparks_mex said...

We got the tail end of Manuel last night and streets are full of water, lagoon opened again, canal full and schools closed. From the skies, we may be in the clear for awhile

Babs said...

Wow, what a mess! I woke up to blue skies and sunshine today. Right now it looks like we're getting a hurricane! Geez........