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Hurricane Odile - Updates Only

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Everyone is looking for information right now, but there is only so much available. Let's make it as easy as possible for people to find the most current information by posting updates of airport status, damage assessments, operations, etc here to this thread instead of hunting through dozens of threads to find information.

Please do not post questions in this thread, well-wishing, speculation or anything other than actual updates with sources quoted. It will help everyone to get the information they need.

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LATEST AIRPORT UPDATE

Local news (Cabo) is reporting as of Monday afternoon that according to the Secretary of Tourism, the airport's two terminals were damaged but the airport is operable. The army, navy and commercial planes are expected to use it on Tuesday to get tourists out. Private planes will start using it on Tuesday, with commercial flights expected to resume "in the coming hours" which I guess may mean Wednesday.

Alaska Airlines is reporting that they have cancelled flights for Tuesday, but Wednesday's flights so far have not been cancelled. Virgin is reporting that flights "may be delayed or cancelled" through Thursday. Southwest is reporting that the airport will be closed until next Monday to assess damage, so you can see that even the airlines are struggling with getting good information right now.

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LATEST SITUATION UPDATE

COMMUNICATIONS

The area is still without electricity and water, with only spotty cell service. The electricity was cut prior to the storm to prevent electrocution, and will be out until they can clear out downed power lines. The water was cut due to flooding and risk of contamination. The roads are largely impassable due to debris, downed power lines and trees. The authorities are asking everyone to stay in their homes and not go out. This is making it very difficult for anyone to get information out or get damage assessments. Please be patient, it will come.

TOURIST SAFETY

The authorities are reporting that there has not been a single casualty of Hurricane Odile reported in Los Cabos, which is of course great news. All reports from hotels report that their guests are safe and sound. It was a traumatic experience of course, but only a handful of injuries and no casualties. The biggest reported issue right now is guests at the Riu Santa Fe, where about 600 tourists are trapped inside by flood waters without much water or food.

LOCAL CONDITIONS

The villages around Los Cabos took it pretty hard. Thousands of delicate homes were destroyed, and people are looting all the stores to get supplies to feed their families. The roads are largely impassable due to mud slides and downed power lines, so disaster relief is having difficulty to get supplies to them. The state has declared a State of Emergency which releases emergency funds to the area, and mobilizes the Army and Navy for assistance. Remember Los Cabos is a small, remote area, and there are limited resources available, so they are having to be sent in from other areas.

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HOTEL UPDATES

Please keep in mind that hotels are still flooded in many cases, still trying to get tourists out, and of course staff is worried about their own families as well. No electricity means difficulty in getting out communications, and there are a lot of steps to go thru to give a proper damage assessment. Please be patient, they will gradually release details. Some beachfront hotels have reported suffered "total loss" while others sustained relatively minor damage. All are reporting their guests are safe and sound.

Reports we have seen:

Hilton Los Cabos - Reportedly heavy damage to this hotel. Official statement: "All guests and team members are reported safe. Due to the effects of Hurricane Odile, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort is closed to arrivals at this time. The hotel is not accepting existing or new reservations until a definitive assessment of the damage is complete. Our immediate priority is to care for our guests and team members, and we are doing everything we can to minimize the effect on them. We’ll post more information as it becomes available. Thanks for your prayers and good wishes".

Westin - Reportedly all the windows have blown out of this hotel, which means that substantial water damage is likely.

Pueblo Bonito - Reporting no structural damage to any of their resorts.

Riu Santa Fe - Substantial damage due to flood water. Some tourists still reportedly trapped inside, but they are reporting they are safe.

Riu Palace - Reporting damage to the property, not specified.

Many more hotels are promising updates on Tuesday. The lack of power and water is making initial cleanup a challenge.

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LOCAL BUSINESS UPDATES

Sammy Hagar reports that Cabo Wabo was virtually unscathed, with only minor water damage. Many businesses downtown are likely to report the same thing - the block construction and aluminum roll-doors likely protected most of those businesses from serious damage.

There has been damage to a lot of stores like Office Max, whose walls collapsed, Oxxo who had their glass windows blown out, and so forth. Most of these stores are of more concern to locals than to tourists. There has been widespread looting of the stores, so the owners will take financial loss.

Palapa establishments are torn up, but palapas are quick and inexpensive to rebuild, which is why they are used so widely. There are certainly plenty of downed palm branches to use for the rebuild.

Activities and tours are obviously cancelled for the immediate aftermath. Once basic cleanup can be performed and damage assessed these will begin again.

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Thanks Johann & Sandra for the excellent updates. They know Mexico.

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HOTEL UPDATE - GRAND MAYAN

Grand Mayan has suffered significant damage including windows being blown out. Guests are being rerouted to other Grand Mayan properties in other locations, and reportedly they expect to be closed for about 2 months to get it back going full steam ahead.

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HURRICANE RELIEF UPDATE

So far the Mexican authorities - police, fire, army, air force, navy - are conducting the majority of relief efforts. 2,000 tons of food and 2,000 tons of supplies were divided into three planes and flown into La Paz Airport on Monday for delivery to Los Cabos. We've heard no reports of other international relief agencies being moblized yet - what we've heard is so far their assistance has not been requested by the local authorities.

As Los Cabos is a small area with a small population, and there are so many crises on a huge scale around the globe right now, we would expect that to continue. Locally based Cabo organizations will be the best recipients of funds and assistance at this time. We will release that information as it becomes available.

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AIRLINE UPDATE

Domestic Airlines have cancelled flights in and out of Los Cabos through tomorrow.

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the airport in Cabo is scheduled to open October 10th. I don't know if that's the same airport ans San Jose or if it's a private one, so I need to call Alaska Air, as we are scheduled to come in on Sat. the 20th and then drive to LaPaz.

LaPaz airport is scheduled to open Monday Sept. 23. I heard they were re-routing flights out of LaPaz, but if that airport is closed, it's a bit confusing. Can anyone confirm?

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Brenda this post is for UPDATES not questions. Please start your own post.