HURRICANE RINA STATEMENT
DATE: October 25, 2011
The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau is continuously monitoring the projected path of the Hurricane Rina. The CVB is working together with other government agencies at state and federal levels, to stay abreast of storm developments and potential affected areas, should Rina make landfall along the Mexican Caribbean.
According to The National Hurricane Center, a warning is in effect for the East Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from North of Punta Gruesa to Cancun. Hurricane “Rina” is currently a category two storm (based on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale, category two equals a wind speed of 96 -110 mph or 154–177 kph). The storm has not changed in intensity and trajectory and remains at 105 mph; “Rina” has been slow moving and is expected to make land-fall on the island of Cozumel by Wednesday night before moving on to Cancun in the early morning hours of Thursday, October 27.
At the moment, Cancun International Airport remains opened, but may close if necessary. As a safety precaution, ferry ports to and from Isla Mujeres and Isla Contoy have been suspended until further notice.
The Governor of the State of Quintana Roo has requested the assistance of the department of Civil Protection, who monitors and assists residents and visitors during natural disasters such as hurricanes and storms; and is also recommending that visitors in the destination remain alert and stay tuned to further reports from the National Hurricane Center & local authorities.
Cancun is equipped and prepared to deal with natural occurrences such as this. Mexican authorities have already set up emergency shelters and many hotels are offering visitors the flexibility to change their reservations, if deemed necessary.