Thursday, September 18, 2014

September 18th - Hurricane Odile Updates, Information, Photos

Cabo Airport courtesy of www.usatoday.com


September 18th - Hurricane Odile slammed into the Baja Peninsula on September 14th at night. Significantly damaging Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto and Mulege plus the smaller local communities. There are many reports, updates, photos and information out there so we decided to place some of the information in this blog post which we will update for the next few days.

We will keep contact information at the top followed by a chronological order of information. Most current information first.

Please scroll down for all updates (Don't forget to read the other posts from yesterday. They are to the right)


INFORMATION

U.S. State Department’s Overseas Citizen Services at 1-888-407-4747

U.S. Consulate in Tijuana has an email for information/assistance; OdileEmergencyUSC@state.gov

Web: http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/citizen_services/hurricane-odile.html
U.S. Emergency tel: (619) 692-2154

Los Cabos Consular Agency (An extension of the Consulate in Tijuana)
Las Tiendas de Palmilla L-B221, Km. 27.5 Carretera Transpeninsular
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur C.P. 23406
Phone:(52)(624)143-3566
Fax: (52)(624)143-6750
E-mail:ConAgencyLosCabos@state.gov

Here is a link with the U.S. Embassy & U.S. Consulates in Mexico: http://www.mexonline.com/embassy.htm

Link to Mexican Embassies in U.S./Canada; http://www.mexonline.com/consulate.htm

Red Cross (Cruz Rojo Mexicana) Cabo; (624) 143-7869
Red Cross (Cruz Rojo Mexicana) La Paz; (612) 122-1222

Red Cross Mexico's website; http://www.cruzrojamexicana.org.mx/


UPDATES from Twitter, Facebook, Websites plus images
If you have some information you want us to post, email us at bajavisitor@yahoo.com or post to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/BajaVisitor/358106480904147) or our Twitter (https://twitter.com/baja_visitor). Or you can comment at the bottom of this long post.

NOTE: we can not verify everything on this blog, so please check all information, etc.

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News on the Flying Samaritans clinic in Lopez Mateos; http://samaritansmovil.blogspot.com/2014/09/dateline-sept-17th-2014.html

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Collection of photos from Los Cabos; http://www.enjoygram.com/vinoly
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Donation site for Bahia de Los Angeles; https://www.causes.com/campaigns/83658-support-vsi-tropical-storm-odile-disaster-relief-efforts

We believe this is a realsite, but it is your duty to check on the legitimacy.

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Baja peninsula update from https://www.facebook.com/VagabundosdelMar

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Instagram post showing the good in a bad situation

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Update from Alaska Airlines; http://blog.alaskaair.com/2014/09/18/faq-how-do-i-fly-out-of-los-cabos/

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The devastation of Hurricane Odile
Check out the story & other photos on http://www.georgianewsday.com/news/regional/289618-trail-of-devastation-left-in-luxury-resort-los-cabos-by-hurricane-odile-as-it-heads-toward-arizona.html



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Facebook post from https://www.facebook.com/PuebloBonitoResort
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"Just a quick update, more later from back in the States. Made it through the storm at our house in Light House Point (east cape), minor damage. Minor damage to neighbors house but no harm to people. After 3 days without power and info attempted to head to San Jose. The bridge is gone at Caduano. Headed back to Los Barriles and got to a friends place just as the internet came back. No power in all the east cape, all on generators. After looking at the info we decided to head for Loreto as their airport is undamaged and Alaska was sending an extra plane down for Friday. 9/18 am drive through La Paz was ok. Most lights out but drivers behaving. Got gas at last station heading north. Lots and lots of power lines down between LP and CdC. CdC appeared undamaged. Lines at banks and usual crazy traffic. Lots of mud and water over the road but very drivable. 6 hours Los Barriles to Loreto. It is ugly down here and will be for a while but saw nothing like the madness posted from Cabo. "

Post on Baja Nomad

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Travel update from the State Dept.; http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english/hurricane-odile.html

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Waiting in lines in Cabo - Instagram update
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Cabo hotel before Hurricane Odile

After photo of Cabo Hotel - Notice tennis court & buildings completely gone
Photo courtesy of "elbeau" on Baja Nomad
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Press release from AVIS; http://blog.avis.com.mx/post/2014/09/18/Hurricane-Odile-Emergency-Press-Release.aspx

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Instagram update for AMResorts, Secrets & Dreams in Cabo
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Escaping Hurricane Was “Life or Death Amazing Race”: SD Couple; http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/-Escaping-Hurricane-Was-Life-or-Death-Amazing-Race-SD-Tourist-275542351.html

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Facebook update from the East Cape; http://www.hotelbuenavista.com/n/
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Facebook update from https://www.wildcanyon.com.mx/
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Baja Mining Corp. in Santa Rosalia confirms the death of one employee and another employee missing due to Hurricane Odile; http://www.bajamining.com/content/pdfs/news/NR15_2014-09-18_Boleo_update_FINAL.pdf

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YouTube video of Los Cabos after Hurricane Odile

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American Airlines flights leaving Cabo; http://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInformation/travelAlerts.jsp?anchorLocation=homePage.do&url=%2Farriving&_locale=en_US&repositoryName=PromotionContentRepository&repositoryId=16723291&reportedTitle=Emergency+flights+out+of+Los+Cabos&reportedPos=2

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Facebook post from Mulege Bomberos Sub-Estacion Bahia Concepcion


"The Municipal Board for Civil Protection have met and come up with a few items they would like everyone to know:
No water service between Palo Verde and Santa Rosalia for 10 days
No classes in the entire Municipal until announced
No food vendors on the streets
Travel from Santa Rosalia to LaPaz is now possible
Travel from Santa Rosalia north is not possible. 6 cuts in the road between Sta Rosalia and Vizcaino."

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Update from Flora Farms in Cabo; https://www.facebook.com/CulinaryCottages

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Update from Baja Bush Pilots;

"La Paz is open to GA, normal operations. Cabo San Lucas is open to singles and light twins only. Los Cabos is open to heavier aircraft however, must be coordinated through Mazatlan"
 
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Update from U.S. Consulate in Tijuana; http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/citizen_services/hurricane-odile.html

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Another way to help; http://www.gofundme.com/sarahuarocommunity

Although we believe this is a legitimate donation account, please do your own homework and check before donating. There are scammers that take advantage of these situations.

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Facebook photo collection from https://www.facebook.com/JAGIDEL/media_set?set=a.10154623281300254.1073741833.562770253&type=1
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Facebook update from http://www.mardecortez.com/

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Odile brings out the best and the worst; http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/odile-brings-best-worst-mostly-worst/

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The people of Baja need our help after Hurricane Odile. Please donate. Items can be delivered or shipped to the following locations: USA DONATIONS Ship or deliver from 8am-5pm to: Mexicana Logistics US HQ 7734 Formula Place San Diego, CA 92121 Ship or deliver from 8am-4:30pm to: MasterCraft Safety 9335 Stevens Road Santee, CA 92071 MEXICO DONATIONS Ship or deliver from 8am-5pm to: Mexicana Logistics Mex HQ Calzada de las Americas #951 Col. Compuertas. Mexicali, BC 21218 (Cruzando la calle del Colegio de las Americas)

Email: bajaracershurricanerelief@gmail.com

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Stunning photos from article in http://globalnews.ca/news/1569753/canadians-in-cabo-san-lucas-begin-returning-home/
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How You Can Help Baja After Odile; http://www.travelpulse.com/news/cruise/how-you-can-help-baja-after-odile.html

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Cabo San Lucas Airport re-opens for humanitarian flights only; http://pforadio.com/cabo-san-lucas-airport-re-opens-humanitarian-flights/

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Cabo road sign - Screen capture from Instagram
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A GoFundMe page for employees of Flora Farms; http://www.gofundme.com/enmzvk

Remember, we are not verifying whether these are legitimate. There are going to be scammers out there, but believe this is real. Please do your own homework.

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Photos from Instagram account of http://instagram.com/tativertiz

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Touching story in Los Cabos from https://www.facebook.com/Caboescapetours
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Facebook update from https://www.facebook.com/Bajainsider
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From La Bocana

"What a mess - we have no phones no internet and no access out of La Bocana north or south.

cant get north from vizcaino to guerrero because of an arroyo

cant get south because many roads are washed out

right now I am one of the lucky ones with internet access via satellite at the middle school. There is no school tomorrow ....

we have no damage at all from the hurricane.it was windy at night but nothing very unusual and none of my plants even moved an inch from where they were on the porch.

sounds terrible in Cabo and my prayers go out to them.

looting
no food
no water
no exit via car nor airport since it was destroyed

I hear that Todos Santos was another one of the worst hit areas too.

my boss says that she heard from her family and nothing serious happened in Bahia asuncion

I am also told that punta abreojos was spared

so, all in all, good and bad (very bad for the south) news"

From Blanca at https://sites.google.com/site/labocanabedandbreakfast/

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Photos from La Paz Airport. Story about locals helping the tourists. In Spanish.
http://www.bcsnoticias.mx/mas-de-800-turistas-varados-en-el-aeropuerto-de-la-paz-pacenos-los-ayudan/
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San Jose del Cabo

"5:15 thur- San Jose
Total destruction.
No power 20-30 days.
1 bar cel on and off this am, hoping for more.
Lots of looting, military arriving.
Some stations had some gas yesterday, lines.
Radio back on yesterday pm.
No food etc.
I drove from cero colarado to Vado Santa Rosa, total destruction.
Almost every 2nd story and above with blown out windows.
I lost 2 windows from debris, after over 20 years I have never seen so much stuff blown around.
Gunshots in our development last night, security said 2 bad guys with guns caught trying to rob a place.
Have generator, rationing gas, extremely miserable down here.
Have workers showing up today to remove 2 large palms from my pool, it's ruined.
Just extremely sad how many affected, my loses are nothing compared to others.
Govt flights available to foreingers to tj and Mexico City for free I hear.
Only one terminal operating, do not come down, nothing here.
Hope the best for all others affected.
Just saw new storm sat, my screens have a few holes but basically saved me, glad I held on to some plywood though. "

Post from Baja Nomad

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