Preparing For Our First Hurricane

7 Aug

As The Tortas approach three years of retirement on Laguna Bacalar in Southern Mexico, our first hurricane was predicted to arrive Wednesday evening with up to 75 mph winds and twelve inches of rain. We live about thirty miles as the crow flies from the Caribbean, separated by water and mangroves and not much else. As with all hurricanes, much depends on their direction and intensity. We watched the sky and prepared for the worst.


A Beautiful Day For A Hurricane

We hired workers to help us prepare. They cut dead branches, put away outdoor plants and furniture, tied up the kayaks and set sand bags in place. Our concern was for water barreling down the hill toward the house, if we got the foot of rain that was predicted.


Machetes Were Flying Trimming Trees


Plants Off The Roof and Kayaks Secure


Reinforcing the Dock

As predicted the rain started late Wednesday afternoon. And then it stopped. We waited. Everything we could do was done, so it was time for the TORTAS first ever hurricane party!


Dinner, Dominos and Drinks with Neighbors

During the night Earl turned south and took the brunt of its damage to Belize. Lisa slept through the wind which was hardly more than any tropical storm that blows through Bacalar. We had several heavy showers over the next few days, and that was all. Almost disappointing.


The Islands Of Belize Were Not So Lucky


Thursday morning with intense skies and waves.

While we are grateful for the lack of damage we received, we are much more aware of the amount of work it takes to be prepared. In the future, a generator, hurricane shutters and improved drainage could cut the time in half. Lesson learned.



8 Responses to “Preparing For Our First Hurricane”

  1. emilievardaman August 7, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    How fortunate you had this trial preparation. As you said, Belize was hit much harder, and yes, that drainage idea sound good!

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    • afish25 August 7, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

      It’s amazing how much water can fall and how much power it has. We have really good drainage but must be prepared for the big one.

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  2. Laird Markland August 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    Great to hear it was much ado with very little wind! Look at it this way, those branches probably needed to be trimmed anyway!


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    • afish25 August 7, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

      You are so right. I’ve been through typhoons in Japan and wind can do a lot of damage.


  3. LJones August 7, 2016 at 10:30 pm #

    SO happy you are ok…and the damage wasn’t that bad. We are learning…soon to be on board with all of you. Thanks for your post…sending you three:) love, L

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    • afish25 August 8, 2016 at 2:38 am #

      Drainage is so important on this hillside. Also options on shutters are limited. If we get the ones commonly used here, there is no air circulation when they are closed nor light. Something to consider if the electricity goes out. Ugh.


  4. Ms Tisdale August 14, 2016 at 8:33 am #

    Glad it missed you and you got to enjoy your hurricane party!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 August 14, 2016 at 9:30 am #

      Thanks Sweetie, glad you stopped by. Others weren’t so lucky. We are better prepared for the next one.


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