Puerto Vallarta Remarkably Unscathed After Patricia Quickly Weakened

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Mexico is counting its blessings after the most powerful hurricane in the history of the Western Hemisphere quickly lost steam when it made landfall on a sparsely populated and mountainous stretch of the Pacific Coast between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo.

Hurricane Patricia came ashore late afternoon Friday, and by later that evening when it became clear the impact was nowhere near what was feared, Jalisco State Authorities and PVR hotels began to shuttle tourists back to their resorts from the shelters where they had been taken.

By 4 p.m. Saturday, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board was able to report some very good news:

“Puerto Vallartais fully operational with 100% of its hotel and restaurant facilities open, as well as its International Airport (PVR), marina, cruise port and Convention Center. All domestic and international airlines as well as buses, taxis and other ground transport companies have resumed their normal service schedule.”

The PVR Tourism Board’s Gustavo Rivas Solis said all tourist had been returned to their hotels and were “enjoying a day of clear skies and sunshine.”

The massive storm that grew from a tropical depression to a Category 5 hurricane with 320 kph winds in just 36 hr. had little impact on the cruise business either.

Disney Wonder, carrying 2,400 pax, will arrive in PVR as scheduled today and Norwegian’s Jewel and the Ruby Princess will make their scheduled call on Wednesday as planned.   

Incredibly, Rivas Solis was able to report that “no human loss or infrastructure damages have been reported as a result of Hurricane Patricia.”





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