Friday, October 21, 2005

Urgent

My brother and his new wife are in the heart of the hurricane right now in Mexico on their honeymoon. Please send good energy. We have lost contact with them.

17 comments:

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Erin B. said...

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I'm sending them love and light.

Peter said...

Sending positive vibes now . . .

Pirooz M. Kalayeh said...

Love to you and them. May they be safe.

Artichoke Heart said...

Sending them good energy and thoughts of safe harbor.

Lorna Dee Cervantes said...

I've been sending vibes there for the past couple of days. I have many friends in the area, if I can be of any help at all: translating, tracking, getting them in or out -- reassuring them -- if I were going to go through a disaster there are worst places to experience then with the exceptional hospitality and heart of the Yucatec Maya. Perhaps we could help each other, in that I could wire money there for certain families, for example. Just let me know. Where were they last?

Suzanne said...

Postive energy going their way!

Ana Bozicevic-Bowling said...

hope streaming from Brooklyn too.

early hours of sky said...

Thank you all.

Lorna my brother and Beth were staying near Tulum at the Iberostar Hotel. I was able to talk to them Tuesday when the rest of my family could not get through, told them about the hurricane (which the hotel was telling them was a tropical storm.) Thursday morning my brother called my dad and said they had moved into a hotel shelter, he was using the satellite phone of someone else. That is the last we have heard from him.

It has been a bad week. I have pneumonia and I am missing lots of work which is giving me way too much time to watch CNN. I just hope we hear from him today.

Thank you all for good energy.

Lorna Dee Cervantes said...

Teresa,

The situation is bad bad bad - but do not fear, your brother & family will be safe & evacuated as soon as the airport is opened. They could not be in better hands. These people are hurricane hardy and culturally apt to always look out for the other. Tourists are priority. There are chefs in chefs hats cooking in some shelters. There is an online list to track who went to what shelter from what hotel. I will be posting links to my blogs. There have been 2 deaths due to a fuel tank crashing into a hotel and 6 other injuries from that accident in Playa del Carmen, and one death of a young woman from Cancun getting electrocuted from a downed wire in the water. No other deaths or injuries. Tulum, though, was hard hit -- but the people have prepared for it for centuries; most people were evacuated inland well before Wilma hit.

The problem is infrastructure. Expect not to hear from him for a week -- or any minute: there are a lot of cell phones, etc., as such hi-tech stuff is salvation there in a case like this. The roads will be all washed out -- there is only one hiway to the airport in Cancun, but plenty jeeps, etc., and the military. It will all be very well-ordered, as much as can be expected. Last I heard this morning, the winds had died down but I am afraid it is just the eye and they have at least another 12 hours to go as this thing has stalled all night. That means more catastrophic damage to weakened structures.

But DON'T WORRY! This is the worst of the worst of possible scenarios in a place very very dear to my heart. My Isla Mujeres is underwater with world record rainfall (6 feet) and 27 foot waves; there are still 9,000 people there on the island and all 3 docks launching from one site in Puerto Juarez may have been wiped out by a single mammoth wave. But, this morning, there is an eyewitness report of walking through the streets of La Gloria, although, again, there's another 12 hours to go -- and another, Alpha, right behind.

My point is: the people are prepared, and these people in particular, the yucatec maya, are some of the most civilized people in the world.

Ooops, I better go write on my own blog. I'll be back. Join me there, I'll be posting all the info I can. What's your brother's name, and the others, and place of origin, as I have a friend who's connected with all the boards & blogs in the region.

Pamela said...

Sending hope and best wishes.

early hours of sky said...

Lorna, did you get my email. Please let me know ASAP.

Blair said...

Sending energy...
Lorna is very right in how the tourists are taken care of. I was in one myself on the other coast, and the people at our b&b were wonderful. Some of my best memories were of the food and the spirits (of people) as we rode out the rain.

Wendy Wisner said...

Oh hon. I'm sending good thoughts. Hang in there.

Lyle Daggett said...

Sending also my greatest hope for your brother and his wife, for you, for everyone in each of your lives.

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