Friday, October 9, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, October 9


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On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the daily C-19 report for the municipality of Isla Mujeres was unchanged from Oct. 5th (there was none for Tuesday) with a total of 198 positives, 16 deaths and 163 recovered.

>>Then a change in the methodology of reporting was implemented, therefore some of the data included in yesterday's report did not occur within the 24 hours prior to the report.

>>On Thursday, the municipality reported a total of 212 cases, 17 deaths and 172 recovered.

>>The new system includes as positive any person who meets the operational definition of a suspected case of Respiratory Disease, without a laboratory sample, who has had contact with a confirmed case or death in the 14 days prior to the onset of disease symptoms. Therefore, the total reported cases will include both people with a laboratory-confirmed test and patients who are considered positive by association, that is, those who have respiratory disease who have had contact with a positive case that was confirmed by a laboratory. The change in methodology incorporated 300 cases and 47 deaths statewide, which did not occur between Wednesday and Thursday.

>>On the state Geoportal for 10/8, 5 active cases by colonia are reported as: La Gloria-2, Salina Grande-2, Downtown-1 and none on the mainland.
>>The Geoportal updated the state Incidence Rates (per 10,000 inhabitants as of 10/8) and we're now the best in the Northern Zone. They are Isla Mujeres-1.03, Holbox (LC)-4.03, Cancun (BJ) & Puerto Morelos-2.39, PDC (Solidaridad)-1.81, Tulum 3.97, and Cozumel-2.08. Chetumal (OPB) is the worst in the state with 7.36 cases per 10,000 inhabitants. They are reported for the previous week.
>>The national map for 10/8 reports 127 suspicious and 92 negatives (with 212 confirmed and 17 dead) for our municipality.

10/9 Today the municipality continues to report 212 positives with 17 deaths, and now there are 176 recovered.

It's not likely to develop--
Oct. 9- The NHC says this large area of disorganized thunderstorms associated with a Tropical Wave is expected to move W-WNW at ~15mph where environmental conditions could be conductive for gradual development this weekend or early next week over the tropical Atlantic, well to the east of the Lesser Antilles. The good news? Upper level winds are forecast to become unfavorable for its development by the middle of next week. It has a low chance (20%) of formation through 5 days and none in the next 48 hours.


The state epidemiological light remains in Yellow thru Oct. 18

The ferry to Puerto Juarez resumed normal hours on Thursday.


       In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Hurricane Delta was approaching the coast at Category 4 status, when it weakened to Category 3, then landed at Category 2 to our south in a rural area near Puerto Morelos. On Isla Mujeres, the damage was relatively mild and was cleaned up quickly. After the heavy rains from Gamma, trees were uprooted more easily than normal, so that was the main cleanup. Delta was not as wet as Gamma, but much windier, and brought a storm surge.

      On Tuesday, residents were advised to quit non-essential activities by 1p, and that the essential businesses like groceries would close at 7p. We were all supposed to be inside by 9p, when the strong winds were expected to begin. But they came later, so the electricity and WIFI stayed on until about 3:30a, and the worst of the hurricane was 4a-5a. So by the time it was dawn and light enough to see, the damage had already occurred--it was still too windy to go out and look around & there was a still risk of things falling on you for the next several hours, but you could see that everything was basically intact. We stayed with friends & a tree fell on a parked car, but barely damaged it (a superficial scratch) and a couple other trees fell...on the edge of a large wooded property. A neighbor's metal roof had come loose on one section. The street light (just the lamp part, not the post) out front crashed & a potted plant took a trip down the stairs.

       The electricity was back on Wednesday in the late afternoon, before dark, & the Mayor made a video explaining that the roads were clear & we'd be ready for tourism this weekend.  Our house was unaffected (bent our bathroom screen) but the surge brought rocks onto the back yard, sand onto the patio, & tore out a native "sea lavender" bush. 

      The surge caused some breakage or cracks in the big rocks that form a ledge between the back yards in our neighborhood & the lower beach. The most impressive result was the surge picked up "David Buoy" and tossed it onto the upper beach. It had been wedged under the rock ledge of the neighbors to our it is totally on land on the property of those new condos to their north. It once had a beacon and was anchored south of the island to prevent large ships from approaching. It has a "twin" down on Guadalupana beach. It was wedged under the ledges to our south for 2-3 years & spent a year on the edge of our beach. It moved when hurricanes far to our east brought exceptionally high tides. The past couple years, it seemed pretty solidly wedged under a ledge to our north, but now it's totally on land, farther north. It is mostly concrete & must weight a LOT!

VIDEO. from Wednesday evening.  The mayor explained that the municipality is ready for tourism this weekend and the tourism infrastructure wasn't damaged-restaurants and hotels will be open. About 150 people went to the storm shelters in the Continental Zone and on the island and were fine. All the roads were clear by 730p and crews will be doing more clean up this morning. He estimated about a hundred trees went down through out the municipality. He thanked the residents for taking care and cooperating and he thanked workers with the City, with the CFE (Electrical Commission), the Navy, and others. He noted it was Green Alert status.

 Yesterday ~11a--The beaches of Isla Mujeres are ready to receive tourism

 From the City--After the passage of Hurricane Delta, five crews of municipal governmental officials and volunteers, participating in the "Isla Green & Healthy Program", began working early on Thursday cleaning streets and sidewalks, to continue the process of economic recovery. Evaluation of the damage after the weather event revealed it was mainly fallen trees in various streets, as well as damage to some of the island's domes. 

     The Mayor announced that all the avenues, including the main street of Rueda Medina, were freely passable and the beaches were only affected by some fallen branches, which personnel with ZOFEMAT promptly removed. The Mayor said, "Our beaches did not suffer damage; there was some vegetation, a little sargasso, which the Zofemat crews were given the task of retiring at an early hour, and now we are ready to continue with our economic recovery, taking into account sanitary measures against Covid-19."  He added that Isla Mujeres is ready to receive tourism & will be 100% ready this weekend as a destination, and will continue the process of an orderly and responsible economic recovery.

From the Mayor yesterday-- We are celebrating the XLVI anniversary of Quintana Roo as a free and sovereign State, the Quintanarroans are proud of our roots, we are part of the living history of a prosperous land and opportunities, as a people we know what it is to fight to get ahead in the face of adversity.

Oct 7- The Mayor reported there were two shelters available in the municipality for those who require a place to stay. Early after the passage of Hurricane Delta, the Mayor toured the municipality to verify damage caused by the storm and said that so far, the infrastructure had only suffered minor damage, with flooding in some areas. He said during the passage of the hurricane, 120 people were in the sheters and for now two shelters were open, one on the island and one inthe Continental Zone, for those who want or need a space after their homes were affected. He noted that the hurricane is now far away from the shores of Quintana Roo, and recommended everyone continue to attend to their homes as the rains and winds would continue for the rest of the day. He said the City departments would be working to clear the streets as quickly as possible to resume  normal traffic flow.

TVisla Mujeres    

VIDEO     of Navy helping with cleanup. Video shows them removing trees & branches on the western side of Rudeda Medina, which was flooded in the northbound lane in that section. 

VIDEO of reporter driving down Rueda Medina after Hurricane Delta
VIDEO of Playa Norte after Hurricane Delta 

VIDEO-- The Salina Chica soccer field lost its metal roof.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Thursday, Oct 1 at 6:49, just after sunset
  Oct 2      7:22 
 Oct 3      7:55
Oct 4       8:29
Oct 5      9:07
Oct 6     9:48

 Sunset  6:34-6:11pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:38-6:49am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC

Turtles continue nesting in October.

They nest along the eastern beaches. Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in the sand in a pen outside the facility. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres, Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills. The season officially ends on the 15th, but monitoring continues thru the end of the month. Photos of nest hatching out at MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach, that was missed by the Tortugranja patrols.






Oct. 6-10, -Draconid meteors, peaking on evening of Oct. 7, but should be worth watching on the night before and after, also This is an evening meteor shower, that you don't have to stay up late to watch...look before the waning moon rises in mid-to-late evening. It is usually a slow shower with a meteor every 10-15 minutes. But it is known for having 'bursts" of hundreds or thousands of meteors in occasional years, which aren't predicted with any certainty.  "Meteor showers are like fishing. You go, and sometimes you catch something." 

Oct 20-21-22-Orionid meteors peak in the early morning hours. There's more activity after midnight and the maximum amount in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 20th & 21st . These are "shooting stars" from Halley's Comet & occur from early October to early November as the earth passes thru its debris.

Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres
LINK to NHC   

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