Anoche was pretty exciting. We had a full on Hurricane blow through town. In a two hour period it went from a light down pour to 100mph winds furrowing down the street!
At 8 pm, we were on our way to the gym, because we wanted to get outta the house, we were clearly in denial of hurricane Carlotta. We just wanted a little work-out before we were going to take the boys the bus station a little later, plus we had a movie we needed to return.
So, we hop in the car, running, because it’s pretty much down pouring. We get onto the highway and drive a few blocks. Chelsea says, “I don’t think this is a good idea.” I’m instantly barraged by a magnitude of inner chauvinistic thoughts, however, my best thinking says, she’s not feeling safe, turn it around Chris. So we did, and boy were we glad we did. The storm worsened until we were peaking out of our curtains, as a 100 foot tunnel of wind and water careened down the street ripping apart anything not properly fastened down. The peak of the storm was probably 10:15 right when we were supposed to pick up our friends to take them to the bus station, but there was just no way!
There was no electricity thoughout the night, so we stayed up most of the night, listening to mother nature tear apart the infrastructure of a small surf town. The only light we had was from a candel we had bought earlier with the picture of Jesus Christ on it with a his halo illuminated around his head.
Our friends…Jason and Jeremy
Had checked out of their hotel early in the day, because they were leaving that night. They were spending their last hours with their friend Toby on the top story palapa suite. They had seriously underestimated the storm also.
As it worsened, rain began to spatter louder on the glass windows. Finally an entire piece of the palapa roof flew off, releasing with it a shower of debris and rain. Both beds were instantly drenched and dirtied with debris.
The flooding then began. It was up to their knees before they knew. The combination of water and wind, made it close to impossible to open the doors to get out. However after a struggle, they managed.
Management, arranged for all three of the guys to stay in a SAFER room. The boys nicknamed this room the asylum. It had now windows, no AC or ventilation. There was no electricity due to the storm so they slept with the door open, which allowed all the mosquitoes to come and eat them alive all night.