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Category: Hurricanes
January 8, 2015 at 5:31 AM

Recovering from Odile: Los Cabos hurricane was toughest on locals

When he ‘s not surf casting on the beach at San Jose del Cabo, American “snowbird” Jeff Deller has helped rebuild homes in a hard-hit local barrio. (photo by Brian Cantwell / The Seattle Times) Hurricane Odile wandered around the Pacific a bit before suddenly turning its eye on Los Cabos in mid-September, so few thought…

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January 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Bustling Cabo San Lucas is best bet to avoid Los Cabos hurricane damage

In Cabo San Lucas, Medano Beach still has plenty going on, with views of cruise ships and Land’s End. (photo by Brian Cantwell / The Seattle Times) A reader named Joe Durham e-mailed Wednesday morning, worried about an upcoming trip to Los Cabos: “I’ve been following your stories closely on Cabo because a group of six of…

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Comments | More in Hurricanes, Los Cabos hurricane, Los Cabos hurricane recovery, Trip reports | Topics: Cabo San Lucas, Hurricane Odile, Hurricane Odile recovery

January 6, 2015 at 10:51 PM

Los Cabos is bouncing back from hurricane, but some devastated hotels remain

The Grand Mayan hotel on the beach at San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, remains a mostly-windowless hulk as hurricane repairs continue. See the “before” picture, below. (photo by Brian Cantwell / The Seattle Times) First, to answer the palm-tree question, with a metaphorical nod to Francis Scott Key: I saw by the dawn’s early light Tuesday…

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Comments | More in Hurricanes, Los Cabos hurricane, Trip reports | Topics: Cabo San Lucas, Hurricane Odile, Hurricane Odile recovery

August 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Wind, rain, massive surf for Big Island as hurricane nears

Normally a bustling sidewalk during the day, downtown Hilo’s Kamehameha Avenue is almost empty Thursday as storefronts have been boarded up in preparation for Hurricane Iselle. It’s churning toward the Big Island of Hawaii, especially the Hilo side (Bruce Omori photo / EPA) Here’s what the Big Island of Hawaii faces Thursday afternoon and evening as…

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Comments | More in Hawaii, Hurricanes | Topics: Big Island, Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Hurricane Iselle

August 6, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Airlines, hotels drop change fees as hurricane heads to Hawaii

Hurricane Iselle (center) and Julio (right) churn across the Pacific toward Hawaii in this Wednesday morning satellite image provided by NOAA. It’s unclear how damaging they will be, but residents are getting prepared and some companies are letting travelers change  Hawaii vacation plans without penalties. (AP/NOAA photo) With Hurricane Iselle bearing down on Hawaii, airlines are…

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Comments | More in Hawaii, Hurricanes | Topics: Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines