Hurricane Willa can’t dislodge Marcelino

Marcelino wants the world to know that his rather fragile dress and jewelry palapa on the beach at Karen’s Place on Bahia de Banderas survived the surf generated by a brush with Hurricane Willa. He has not always been so lucky when big surf arrives.

Many of our extended BC family were concerned for our safety this week and we love you for that. I would like to report that we braved a vicious encounter with Mother Nature, but the fact of the matter is that Willa made landfall 140 km north and we just got a little wet.

About 140 km north of Bucerias emergency workers struggled to reach beach towns left incommunicado by a blow from Hurricane Willa on Wednesday, and the storm continued to force evacuations due to fear of flooding even as it dissipated.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or missing people, but the storm’s 120 mph (195 kph) winds damaged a hospital, knocked out power, toppled wood-shack homes and ripped metal roofing off houses in the Sinaloa state municipality of Escuinapa.

The state civil defence office said the hospital’s ceiling and some other areas were damaged in the city. The worst damage was expected to be in the handful of coastal communities that were cut off by road and without communications.


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