Latest News for Hurricane Rina, October 26, 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 developstments 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” has recently been downgraded to a Category 1 (based on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale, category one equals Sustained winds 74-95 mph).

In accordance to the protocol of the Early Warning System (SIAT) and per Governor Roberto Borge Angulo’s instructions, the State Council of Civil Protection declared a yellow alert Wednesday night for the entire state Quintana Roo in preparation for hurricane “Rina” and its imminent approach to the Quintana Roo coast, yet the storm has since weakened is considered to be less of a threat.

Evacuation orders are still in place for the fishing community of Punta Allen, in Tulum municipality, as well as Banco Chinchorro .About 800people were taken to shelters in the county’s capital city.

At the moment, Cancun International Airport remains open, and will remain so until further notice. The airport is expected to remain operational, yet, it is recommended that passengers without confirmed flights be aware that many flights may be full. The Cancun airport does not workas a refuge shelter and passengers are requested to confirm the status of any upcoming flights before leaving to the airport.

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.

Official information is being posted by the NationalHurricaneCenter at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ and www.proteccioncivil.qroo.gob.mx

You can also find up-to-date information, along with links to other resources, at www.cancun.travel as well as on our Facebook http://www.facebook.com/cancuncvb & Twitter Page at @cancuntravel To find visitors who are in shelters please go to the following page: www.cancunguestlocator.com

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