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

Recovering from Odile: Los Cabos hurricane was toughest on locals

Hurricane Odile wandered around the Pacific a bit before suddenly turning its eye on Los Cabos in mid-September, so few thought to evacuate until it was too late. About 30,000 tourists were trapped in the area, some for days. But the storm was even tougher on many of the locals, who went without power and potable…

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January 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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

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 us are potentially heading down there in early March.  We don’t have hotel reservations yet. “What’s the general vibe? Is anyone even out on the Medano Beach…

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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

First, to answer the palm-tree question, with a metaphorical nod to Francis Scott Key: I saw by the dawn’s early light Tuesday that plenty of tropical-green fronds continue to wave over Los Cabos. Hurricane Odile didn’t blow them all to Phoenix. But along the roughly 8- or 9-mile stretch of beach where Odile did her damndest,…

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August 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM

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

Here’s what the Big Island of Hawaii faces Thursday afternoon and evening as Hurricane Iselle makes landfall, with sustained winds of about 75 mp expected along with torrential rain and high surf/storm surge. This advisory below is from the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, which will issue new alerts  through the afternoon…

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August 6, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Airlines, hotels drop change fees as hurricane heads to Hawaii

With Hurricane Iselle bearing down on Hawaii, airlines are letting travelers waive flight-change fees and some are offering refunds/credit for passengers who want to cancel completely. And they’re warning passengers that flights to and from the islands could be disrupted on Aug. 7-8. Hotels such as the major Outrigger chain, with dozens of properties in Hawaii, …

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