We all remember Hurricane Katrina powering through New Orleans many years ago and the mass amounts of damage it caused, leaving lasting images of how powerful Mother Nature can be.
Although there were warnings to evacuate, many decided to stay put. To no fault of their own, levees broke down and turned the city into a soup of destruction.
Los Cabos has been no stranger to powerful storms as of late, including hurricanes. Yet the most recent hurricanes have not been as strong as Katrina’s Category 5, nor is the latest impending Hurricane Norma expected to be stronger than a Category 4.
Mother Nature can be unpredictable at times, but Cabo tourists are saying “bring it on!”. The latest reports show tourists are not canceling their trips, even with an impending hurricane set to reach Cabo.
What Travelers Should Know About Incoming Storm
As we go through the merry-go-round of hurricane names this year, it is Norma’s turn to take the spotlight.
Typically, hurricane season ends in November, so hopefully this is the last of grey skies, rainy days and extremely high winds.
Expert predictions began to develop a couple of days ago, with most news outlets confirming this storm would indeed transform into a hurricane.
Initial reports believed Norma would max out at a Category 3 level, but today that changed. Now it is labeled as Category 4.
However, it appears to be weakening before reaching Mexico. Whether it’s Category 1,2,3,4 or 5, tourists seem to be ready to deal with whatever mayhem comes their way this weekend.
Norma is already making her presence known but shouldn’t fully arrive until this weekend. Many say Sunday morning might be when Cabo tourists see the brunt of the storm.
Hotel Occupancy Rates Hold Steady
There are 91 hotels across Los Cabos in the Los Cabos Hotel Association. It’s being reported they are ready to handle the impending storm but are surprised at how business is holding firm yet determined to provide exceptional service to their guests.
“At the moment we do not register cancelations, I have been monitoring with some partners and no cancelations have been seen. We hope to continue with air operations on Saturday and Sunday..”– Executive President of the Los Cabos Hotel Association, Lilzi Orcí Fregoso,
She continued, “Right now we have updated forecasts, but we must be aware of the trajectory, this to keep guests informed. We have a weekend with an occupancy of 74%, which is high, so we have to take care of the guests who are at home and the collaborators as well.”
Tourists are dead set on making their trip happen. Right or wrong, it should definitely be memorable to say the least.
So far, hotel occupancy rates are holding steady at 74% showing that tourists are ready to embrace weather challenges this weekend.
To Cabo’s credit, there is a lot to offer besides the beach. But a hurricane all but guarantees tourists will be stuck in their rooms for the most part.
But hey, there are worse places to be stuck. Cabo has some of the best resorts on the planet. Who knows, maybe this is the best time to ask for an upgrade too, just in case tourists back out last minute.
This is not the first hurricane to put a damper on Cabo travelers’ plans. As we head toward what is hopefully the end of hurricane season, we can look back at recent storms to know what the upcoming weeks may look like.
Hurricane Hilary was the worst of the recent storms, which arrived in August. As beaches are already closing due to safety hazards, it is very likely to remain that way even after the storm passes.
As we learned from Hilary, cleaning crews will likely be formed to turn Cabo’s beaches into the clean, gorgeous scenery tourists expect after garbage will surely wash up along the coastlines.
It would be no surprise to see streets shut down due to flooding or power lines knocked out.
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