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Pacific hurricane season kicks off in less than a month, and if the forecast is correct, it will be a busier season in Los Cabos this year, thanks to El Niño.
El Nino effect
Although the official forecast for the Pacific hurricane season isn’t quite out yet, as storms have less of an impact on the United States, it’s expected to be a busy year for named hurricanes.
It’s because of the El Niño weather pattern which has made this year quite unusual in the west.
First, it has been rainier and snowier in the western United States. Second, it’s much drier in Los Cabos. Finally, our friends the gray whales have been spotted longer in the area due to the more abundant plankton in the waters.
Traditionally, during El Niño weather conditions, there are more hurricanes than usual with higher intensity levels.
Preparations underway in Los Cabos
Much has changed in the way Los Cabos prepares for hurricane season since Odile hit the area nearly a decade ago. The community has now put in place a more advanced preparedness plan that includes tourist safety.
The Los Cabos Civil Defense Agency recently inspected buildings, hotels and resorts around Los Cabos to verify that the tourist area is prepared for the upcoming hurricane season.
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The inspections are designed to be a proactive way not only for local authorities, but also for tourism businesses, to take the necessary corrective action now to prepare for inclement weather.
The observations focused on the structural elements of the buildings, accessibility, reception capacity and the services provided.
Emergency Preparedness officials were pleased with their initial inspection of tourist facilities in Los Cabos and, in general, the region appears prepared for any hurricane.
How should tourists prepare?
Visitors booking Los Cabos vacations should constantly monitor weather conditions up to the departure date. They should be prepared not only to change their vacation plans due to a hurricane, but also to expect the impact of waves from storms further offshore.
The impact of the waves could not only have an effect on the ability to swim in the water, but it could also affect the clarity of the water when it comes to diving and snorkeling in the water. ‘ocean.
Tourists traveling during the published hurricane season beginning May 15 should seriously consider purchasing travel insurance, especially trip cancellation coverage.
Be sure to review and clearly verify that travel insurance covers damage from tropical storms and hurricanes before selecting the right travel insurance for a Los Cabos vacation stay.
Visitors to Los Cabos should have a contingency plan in place in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm impact during a summer trip to Los Cabos.
Know where the emergency shelter is and what the hotel or resort’s procedures are in the event of a storm. Familiarize yourself with evacuation procedures in case a move to higher ground is necessary.
Whenever tourists travel, it’s a good idea to take photos of important documents, such as credit cards and passports, and store them either in a safe place at home or on a credit card reader. remote access such as Dropbox or Google Drive.
Tourists should also ensure they have an emergency contact in their home country who can act as the only source of information in the event of a hurricane or other problems.
The traveler can contact their emergency contact and then others at home who need information know who the single contact is who has all the necessary updates and details.
While the chances of a traveler impacting their Los Cabos vacation is relatively low, it’s a good idea to do what the Boy Scouts motto says and “be prepared.”