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Hurricane Dean Spares Cayman Islands, Aims for Mexico
Fox News ^ | 20 Aug 07 | AP

Posted on 08/20/2007 9:31:33 AM PDT by stm

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — Hurricane Dean spared the Cayman Islands the worst of its fury on Monday as it headed for a collision course with Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, sending tourists fleeing for the airports and locals searching for higher ground.

Dean was already a powerful Category 4 storm as it raked the Cayman Islands. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it could grow into a monstrous Category 5 hurricane before slashing across the Yucatan Peninsula and emerging in the Gulf of Campeche, dotted with oil rigs.

Dean was several days from Texas and its path still uncertain, but the state is already saturated after an unusually rainy summer and officials were taking no changes — emergency operations centers opened, prison inmates were moved inland, and sandbags distributed.

The Mexican resort city of Cancun began evacuations and arranged for extra flights to help tens of thousands of tourists leave before Dean's arrival. The hotel zone was quiet on Monday, nearly all guests gone.

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TOPICS: Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: caymanislands; hurricanedean; mexico; tr
My wife and I were seriously considering a cruise to the Cancun next month for our 25th wedding anniversity. Not it looks as if there may not be any Cancum for a while. Plan B, whatever that is.
1 posted on 08/20/2007 9:31:37 AM PDT by stm
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To: stm

The Caribbean hurricane season lasts from June through the end of October. Most hurricanes occur in September, with August being the second most frequent month. I would never go anywhere near the Yucatan or the Caribbean in the summer or early fall. Not only do you risk a ruined trip, and disaster, but even if there isn’t a hurricane is it unbelievably hot and humid. I made that mistake once, back in the 80s, and I won’t make it again. Not a summer place.


2 posted on 08/20/2007 9:38:32 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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To: stm

Hurricane Dean spared the Cayman Islands - Many offshore accounts held by wealthy Republican donors spared. Some experts cite evidence of the Carl Rove weather machine in engineering the near miss.


3 posted on 08/20/2007 9:42:57 AM PDT by frithguild (The Freepers moved as a group, like a school of sharks sweeping toward an unaware and unarmed victim)
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To: frithguild
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4 posted on 08/20/2007 9:48:44 AM PDT by stm (Fred Thompson in 08! Return our country to the era of Reagan Conservatism now.)
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To: stm

Forget the Caribbean. Take a cruise in the Baltic Sea instead.


5 posted on 08/20/2007 9:50:17 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: stm

Try St. Thomas or St. Croix . I don’t think you even need a passport like going to peurto Rico .


6 posted on 08/20/2007 9:50:43 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: stm
My wife and I were seriously considering a cruise to the Cancun next month for our 25th wedding anniversity. Not it looks as if there may not be any Cancum for a while. Plan B, whatever that is.

If the track of the hurricane is anywhere near correct; Cancun won't get much more than rain and no high winds. - tom

7 posted on 08/20/2007 9:54:01 AM PDT by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: stm
Hurricane "Dean"?? Uhh yeah, Ok.

"We`re going to Jamaica, we`re going to Cancun, we`re going to Houston and YEEEEAAAARGH!!!!"

8 posted on 08/20/2007 9:54:52 AM PDT by Screamname (The only reason time exists is so everything doesn`t happen all at once - Albert Einstein)
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To: stm
More pics of Hurrican Dean...


9 posted on 08/20/2007 9:59:32 AM PDT by Screamname (The only reason time exists is so everything doesn`t happen all at once - Albert Einstein)
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To: stm

By the way, anyone know if Bush has been blamed for this yet?


10 posted on 08/20/2007 10:04:30 AM PDT by Screamname (The only reason time exists is so everything doesn`t happen all at once - Albert Einstein)
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To: Screamname
Bush's fault.
11 posted on 08/20/2007 10:08:48 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: stm

I hope it flattens Mexico.


12 posted on 08/20/2007 10:32:53 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

I don’t. They get enough money from US already.


13 posted on 08/20/2007 10:36:00 AM PDT by Califreak (Go Hunter!)
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To: Califreak

You are correct.

Only the gods know what Bush will send in aid with our tax money.

I will have to think of somemthing else.


14 posted on 08/20/2007 10:40:54 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: stm

Have you noticed it has not hit anything the media and forecasters have said it would.


15 posted on 08/20/2007 10:45:28 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

If it does flatten Mexico, then there will be long term jobs galore. Let’s see who leaves to go home to help out.

Jobs Mexicans won’t do....


16 posted on 08/20/2007 10:45:43 AM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Califreak; oneamericanvoice

Okay...Here it goes:

I hope the hurricane takes a different route and flattens Washington, D.C.


17 posted on 08/20/2007 10:58:19 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: 3AngelaD

As long as it stays away from Cabo, I don’t care. I will be there in 4 weeks. I can’t wait, I think I can taste the Margarita’s already.


18 posted on 08/20/2007 11:01:34 AM PDT by compman (left handed people are the only ones in their right mind!)
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To: edcoil

www.weatherundeground.com is usually spot on most of the time.


19 posted on 08/20/2007 11:08:14 AM PDT by stm (Fred Thompson in 08! Return our country to the era of Reagan Conservatism now.)
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To: stm
Hurricane Dean Spares Cayman Islands, Aims for Mexico

First this storm was "aiming" for Jamaica, and missed. Then it was "aiming" for the Cayman Islands and missed.

I am beginning to think that this storm has pretty poor aim!

20 posted on 08/20/2007 11:56:24 AM PDT by gridlock (Getting drunk can make you only so stupid without being pretty stupid to start with.)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

hahaha! Funny though. I wouldn’t want to take out DC, cuz you don’t know what you’d get next time around. Plus there are some people there that I do like. Now the HQ of ANSWER, Code Pink, The World Can’t Wait, George Soros....


21 posted on 08/20/2007 12:55:24 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: stm

Head for Cape Cod instead!


22 posted on 08/20/2007 2:14:53 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: oneamericanvoice

Well crumbs…I’m running out of ideas.

Let me think….

Think think think think…..

Okay. These storms come with a lot of angry lightning. They can be directed to the HQ of ANSWER, Code Pink, The World Can’t Wait, George Soros, and more. And in wonderful West Indian speak, the storm can then “drop a lash” on DC.

Do you agree?


23 posted on 08/20/2007 3:05:38 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

I’d like to see a big ol’ bolt of lightening hit DC. Of course, each side would be pointing fingers at the other.


24 posted on 08/20/2007 3:19:10 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: stm
Reconsider ... I don’t care how cheap Mexico is,

DON’T GO THERE!

Check out the missing in Mexico at the same link for this thread.

The standing joke is if you run into trouble ... the LAST thing you want to do is contact the Mexican police. Mexico is hopelessly corrupt - like Aruba ... .only the violence and kidnappings are in the open.

25 posted on 08/20/2007 3:27:04 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: evets
Beat me to it!

I also heard LIBERAL blogs are saying,

GOD is punishing us because of BUSH!

BUSH is evil.

LOL!

They coulnd’t possibly believe in the Judeo Christian God.

26 posted on 08/20/2007 3:28:47 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: stm
Now just wait until somebody demands that FEMA go in to help.

-PJ

27 posted on 08/20/2007 3:30:34 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Repeal the 17th amendment -- it's the "Fairness Doctrine" for Congress!)
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To: nmh
Was in Matamoros a year or so ago with the Mrs, our son, DIL and grandson. Gotta say, we had a good day, bought lots of reasonably priced stuff (after serious negotiations), ate and drank well, and all in all, had a great time!

But, honestly, I was exhausted at the end of the day, constantly looking over my shoulder/listening to native conversations and being on alert for anything suspicious took some of the fun out of it.

I'd go back, almost certainly will, but for anyone thinking about a Mexico visit, for heavens sake use your head! Avoid known trouble areas (Nuevo Laredo, Tijuana, etc.) and stay alert, and enjoy yourself!

28 posted on 08/20/2007 4:01:28 PM PDT by Don Carlos (No 8 Do)
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To: oneamericanvoice

“each side would be pointing fingers at the other.

I don’t know what to say other than whoever is retired or reaching retirement age should think about moving to the Republic of Panama or elsewhere. I live in the Republic of Panama. (I was born here and am an American first and foremost.). Everything is so much cheaper than the USA except imported foods from the USA, which is just a little more expensive. Many MDs are US board certified. Medical attention for you and your pets are much, much cheaper here. Car insurance? Very cheap. Also, very few lawsuits…almost non-existent…Not like in the USA. It goes on and on.

One and one half years ago I almost never hear American English (or any other English accent) spoken in the supermarkets. Today, it is an everyday experience.

Just a thought. Get out of the USA. As much as I love my country, I just can’t stand seeing it being destroyed bit by bit.


29 posted on 08/20/2007 4:09:37 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Don Carlos
I’ll never forget the time as a family, years ago my dear old Dad got the urge to go to Columbia as part of a High School graduation present. At the time my parents belonged to a travel club.

I’ll tell ya, nothing like being greeted with military with machine guns. They were also on the corners of Cartehena, where we stayed. We were warned so much about keeping track of luggage and being “aware” that it made me paranoid. I bought my emeralds and counted the days (10) to pay my pesos and GET OUT.

I never let my Dad live that down. On the beach below the hotel, I got hailed with pesos as I laid on my blanket. My Mom was “surrounded” by males asking for a date and dear old Dad sat in a lounge chair snoozing through it all.

The highlight was looking down from the hotel balcony - it was on the corner ... and seeing a male unzipped and whipping something around ... as a teen, as first I didn’t know what he had in his hand ... first thought was that it was a snake ... nope ... .

There were too may riots in Bogota to visit the city so we went to local villages. I’ll never forget the contrast. DIRT floors and color TV. The little urchins took great pride in rubbing the bellies of these helamonster that scared the crap out t of me.

NEVER again will I go to a country that really has no real rule of law.

30 posted on 08/20/2007 4:11:13 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: nmh

Ah, those fun-loving Columbians. Maybe someday I’ll get there... ;^)


31 posted on 08/20/2007 4:26:46 PM PDT by Don Carlos (No 8 Do)
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To: nmh
NEVER again will I go to a country that really has no real rule of law.

World travel can be very educational. But you have to travel with the idea that people everywhere are -- people.

I think you may have been either too young for the trip, or may have not been properly prepared for the world as it actually is outside of your little home village.


Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature.

-- George Bernard Shaw


32 posted on 08/20/2007 7:16:10 PM PDT by Coyoteman (Religious belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge.)
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To: gridlock

If you look at the “Atlantic floater” loop, you’ll see that just as Dean passed 85 degrees west longitude about an hour ago, it veered north a little bit. It’s just like it was thinking, “Hey, I’m gonna miss Cancun!”


33 posted on 08/20/2007 7:40:34 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: stm

Prayers for those on the ground. Rarely do you see a Cat 5 hit land. IIRC the US has only seen three hit at that rating. Even Katrina had slowed down when it came in.

But if Cancun is spared, go somewhere else. Its like going to another country without actually going to another country. Nothing but American chains and all sorts of tacky things aimed at Americans. Might as well stay in the US if you want to have a vacation that American.


34 posted on 08/20/2007 10:28:30 PM PDT by SmoothTalker
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