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Old 10-24-2005   #46 (permalink)
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Steve, thank you so much for thinking about us when you have a million things to attend to. We are eternally grateful. We have expected the worst from all reports but now have some relief from our worries. We know it's bad but at least there's hope!
Thanks again!!
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Well! Well, well, well... ( )

Steve: I'm pretty darn sure you must have slept a whole lot better last night.
I'm very glad to see you and yours are OK!

Thanks a million for taking precious time to report!

Good luck with the foot and fixing the property.
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Old 10-24-2005   #48 (permalink)
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News Reporter Extraordinaire!!!

Steve, Delmy & Family ~

SO Glad to hear that you and Playa Maya made it through "la tormenta" OK!

Also glad to hear that Playa del Carmen didn't suffer as much damage as what we were being led to believe from the reports we were receiving. Even this morning, the front page of the Tampa Tribune has a half page color photo of people standing hip deep in flood waters next to some palapa roofed buildings (palapas TOTALLY intact!!) with the caption, "The resort town of Playa del Carmen was among the areas in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula hit hard when Hurricane Wilma lingered there before turning northeast and racing toward Florida." I suspect the flooding picture was taken in the Colosio neighborhood during the height of the storm.

I was very much cheered by your mention that ~ we arrived at the hotel in the morning to find several workers present .... which is WHY I am confident that Playa will recover QUICKLY. The hard working people of the area will NOT WAIT for "somebody else" to come in and "fix" things for them....evident by your dedicated staff!

Now it's time for me to get off the computer here in Tampa before we lose power again! We are OK, but neighborhood transformers keep exploding!
If THAT's all we get from Wilma, I'll consider us very fortunate! We are currently getting bands from Wilma, which is passing south of us. Zydeco (Mike) just came in saying that he thought he heard a tornado!! We're currently in the red "danger box."

Hope to see you in 2 weeks for ceviche, shrimp tacos and Sol. If our cruise ship doesn't stop (keeping my fingers crossed that it DOES!!!) then we'll see you for sure at New Years!

Thanks again for taking the time to post!

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... Now it's time for me to get off the computer here in Tampa before we lose power again! We are OK, but neighborhood transformers keep exploding!
If THAT's all we get from Wilma, I'll consider us very fortunate! We are currently getting bands from Wilma, which is passing south of us.
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Hang in there, Joanie, and stay safe!
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Old 10-24-2005   #50 (permalink)
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Steve,Thank you for taking the time to let everyone know what is happening down there.

It's nice to here that all is not lost as the news would have us believe.
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Steve: You are THE man on the scene for us. Sooo happy to hear you're all safe and that Playa Maya will soon be back to its beautiful self.

Major kudos to you for keeping us informed and starting us off with a smile on this Monday morning.
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Old 10-24-2005   #52 (permalink)
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Hello, again,

And certainly thank you for all the kind words! I must say first off that I'm embarrassed because I don't think it's so important in the scheme of things whether Playa Maya in particular survived the storm well. Of course that's important to us personally but I post that news more than anything because we're a small place right in central PDC without any sort of special preparation or powers in terms of hurricane protection and thus I guess we should be a good indication of how the tourist parts of Playa, at least, fared during the storm. My impression after Emily (unfortunately consistent with the first reports I'm hearing back now that we're online again after this one) was that reports of damage and destruction and inability to operate and length of time before re-opening and all that were exaggerated, and I'd like to combat that effect, as well as reassure people that many here are OK.

Along those lines I was sorry to hear confirmation that 2 people had in fact died in the explosion that occurred at some point during the storm. I did not mean by my previous comments to suggest that that might not have happened, only that we had such limited information coming in that it was not confirmed from our perspective. At the same time, we're happy not to hear of more such reports.

Some people have asked via email if not also in the forum format about how specific properties or other locations have fared, but I'm afraid (again as after Emily) that I know little or nothing about such cases and cannot be very helpful. Just posting what I see from wherever we happen to go or whatever we happen to hear for what it's worth.

Some very good news is that power came back in large chunks of Playacar, at least, Sunday evening at around 8 pm, and we even saw power coming on in very limited areas of central Playa, as well as a horde of electrical utility trucks (word has it many were brought in from other regions) driving around working on things. And in keeping with the theme of the region and its people working hard and bouncing back relatively quickly from these events, we even saw garbage trucks in operation even in non-tourits zones where no lights had yet come back on last night.

We also got our phone connection back here last night in Playacar, although it's a bit wonky, so I'm currently trying to upload at least one photo gallery to our site. I've got about 30 shots to put up in 2 separate galleries from Saturday, while we were still getting hit, and it least one more of perhaps 15 shots from the clean-up process under clearer skies on Sunday. If/When I can get that accomplished over this s l o w connection, I'll post a link here.

Now I'd also like to see what Wilma is doing or has been doing since she left here...

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Now I'd also like to see what Wilma is doing or has been doing since she left here...

Steve
Wilma is moving VERY quickly ~ NOT sitting on top of us like Playa, Cozumel and Cancun ~ and so we don't expect to have much damage. Some areas have had quite a bit of rain ~ 8" or better in some spots nearby to us. We are getting periodic gusts of wind that must be causing a few tree limbs to come down. We live in an old section of Tampa with power lines strung up and down the streets ~ not underground ~ and so we lose power here easily.

The predicted COLD FRONT is pushing into the area. It's now just 59F!!! Far cry from the sweltering, humid 90s of just 2 days ago! Maybe we'll have a fire in the fireplace tonight! (Even if we have to open all the windows to do it! )

I HOPE THAT THIS IS THE END OF THE 2005 HURRICANE SAESON!!

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Old 10-24-2005   #54 (permalink)
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Oh, my... At least it's moving 20 mph. We had it down as low as 3 mph, I think...

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Wilma ,after she leaves Florida is heading up the coast , where it is expected to merge with another low from the west and create a Noreaster for northern NY& Vermont. 6-10" of SNOW.
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So glad to here from you......good luck with the clean up.....Just very glad to hear everyone is safe
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Old 10-24-2005   #57 (permalink)
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Steve, i'm so glad to hear from you! It's really encouraging to see you in such good mood and spirit!
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Glad to hear from you Steve, thanks for the reporting.

Take care of your foot, and we hope to see you soon!

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Glad to hear the gloom and doom reports weren't exactly accurate; property can be repaired but people can't be replaced...especially GREAT ones like all those in PDC, and especially you Steve! Thanks for the accurate updates!
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Old 10-24-2005   #60 (permalink)
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Good luck, Joanie!

OK, 3 galleries of photos during and after Wilma are now up, starting here.

For the teaser on this one, I have to go with the sentimental favorite: guests who could not leave as scheduled, including several who came to us through Playa.Info and at least one couple from England on their honeymoon (!), taking a very well deserved break for some chicken tacos while helping us dig out on Sunday. Their reaction was very unexpected but very much appreciated! (I just apologize for the craptacular quality on the shot.)

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