Skip to comments.Hurricane Marty churns toward Mexico's Cabo San Lucas resort
Posted on 09/21/2003 11:32:18 PM PDT by HAL9000
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) -- Hurricane Marty barreled toward the southern tip of Baja California on Monday, the second hurricane to threaten the popular resort region in less than a month.
Residents who had barely finished cleaning up after Hurricane Ignacio hit in late August found themselves stocking up on emergency water and food supplies. Many nailed plywood over their windows, and residents living in low lying shantytowns were evacuated from their cardboard homes to shelters.
Forecasters predicted the storm would hit land sometime early Monday near Cabo San Lucas, a resort town known for its golf courses, deep sea fishing and arched rock formation.
Interior Minister Santiago Creel called a late-night news conference in Mexico City on Sunday to urge residents in Baja California Sur, where Cabo San Lucas is located, and two other Pacific Coast states to stay at home Monday. He also declared a state of emergency in Cabo San Lucas and Baja California Sur's four other major cities because of the effects of Marty-related rain.
Early Monday, the hurricane was 65 miles (105 kilometers) south of Cabo San Lucas, and had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph). It was moving northwest at 11 mph (18 kph), the Miami-based National Hurricane Center reported.
Forecasters warned that up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain were possible, as well as powerful waves.
Torrents of rain fell throughout the day Sunday and early Monday morning, forcing residents to scramble to prepare for the storm.
Fishermen pulled their small boats out of the sea, while stranded tourists looked for hotels where they could ride out the brunt of Marty's force. Many airlines canceled or diverted flights to and from the region.
Hurricane Ignacio battered the area in late August, flooding roads and uprooting palm trees in Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and Loreto. Two soldiers working on aid operations were killed when their car was swept away by a rain-swollen river.
typhoon - a tropical cyclone occurring in the W Pacific or Indian oceans
hur·ri·cane - A severe tropical cyclone originating in the equatorial regions of the Atlantic Ocean or Caribbean Sea or eastern regions of the Pacific Ocean, traveling north, northwest, or northeast from its point of origin, and usually involving heavy rains.
So location is the issue, but I was slightly wrong on how. And thus a Eastern Pacific tropical cyclone with enough wind speed is in fact correctly called a hurricane.
Maybe they named it that because when the winds get up to 88 miles per hour, Mexico will go back in time to 1955. Of course, it would have no effect in Cuba, where they've been stuck in 1955 for nearly 50 years.
Isn't Mexico on the western Pacific?
I kinda like this new explanation about the international date line as being easier to apply.
Doesn't "Marty" sound just a bit too perky for a storm?
Ill bet "Hurricane Marty" hangs around with "Hurricane Big Sal" and "Hurricane Joey from Down the Street".
Only if you live in Australia, have an upside down globe and your drinking buddy's have swapped the E & W markers.
But what the hey, there's always another Fosters .... ;-)
I think this was all part of the great right wing conspiracy that we have all heard about...