Waiting for Hilary
18 August 2023 | Punta Chivato BCS
“It’s hurricane weather!”
A couple days ago we started seeing that the latest tropical depression forming south of Mexico (in what we call the Tropical Kitchen) was going to develop into a hurricane — and even better head up the outside of Baja!
So it looks like Hilary is on her way. Hopefully she will stay on the outside of Baja and we won’t be hit with the full force of a hurricane here at Punta Chivato— but we do have a great view of the Sea and should be interesting to watch.
The waves in the bay in front of us are already starting to build and by this evening we should start getting thundershowers. The peak of the storm for this area will be Saturday night through Sunday morning and so far the high winds here will only be 45 or so.
So we are battening down the hatches so to speak, moving all the outdoor furniture and anything that could go flying.
We are regularly monitoring Hilary’s progress and as with any approaching weather “preparing for the worst and praying for the best.”
Cetus is tucked away in Marina Chika in Puerto Escondido which in our minds is about the safest place she could be in the Sea so that is one less worry.
Such a different feeling waiting for this hurricane compared to our 1st one 30 years ago when Iniki hit the Hawaiian islands shortly after our arrival to Maui.
That time some people didn’t even know a hurricane was headed for the islands! And we could only get info on our short wave radio — local radio channels wouldn’t mention it so not to upset the tourists.
Now, with improved forecasting and much improved communications we are aware of the potential when it is still a tropical depression.
But as we’ve seen in the past you can’t let your guard down because no matter what any weather prediction says in the end you get what you get.
“Round and round and round she goes, where she stops nobody knows!”