Sunday, October 4, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, October 4

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Today, Sunday, the municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to report 198 cases with 16 deaths and 163 recovered.  The state geoportal still has data for 10/2. On the national map for 10/3, the municipality reports 4 suspicious and 88 negatives.

On Saturday, the municipality of Isla Mujeres unfortunately reports another death for a total of 16, and another case for a total of 198 positives and 163 recovered.

On the national map for 10/2 the municipality reports 6 suspicious and 87 negatives (and 197 confirmed with 15 deaths) 

The state geoportal has new Incidence Rates as of 10/2 & Isla Mujeres is the lowest it's been in a couple months, at 5.13 cases per 10,000 inhabitants. However, our municipality continues to be the worst in the Northern Zone and third worst in the state. The Northern Zone is: Holbox (LC)-2.56, Tulum-2.45, Cancun (BJ) & Puerto Morelos-1.9, Solidaridad (PDC)-1.72, and Cozumel-1.16 cases per 10,000 inhabitants.

 It still has the data on active cases by colonia for 10/2 which I reported Friday.

  Officials report a "Saldo Blanco" after Tropical Storm Gamma (No serious incidents).

 The ferry was suspended on Saturday due to Tropical Storm Gamma

The red X represents a Tropical Wave, 92L, which is currently disorganized, but could develop into a Tropical Depression & the NHC advises for Jamaica, Cuba & the Caymans to monitor it. It has a high/80% chance for development through 5 days and medium/60% in two. Below the graphic is a video with an explanation about its potential track & development. It is expected to move W-NW across the Caribbean at ~15mph today & Monday and to move into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday & Wednesday. It will be "Delta" if it becomes a Tropical Storm.


Saturday afternoon update from the Mayor on Tropical Storm Gamma: VIDEO--The Mayor says the electricity is about to suspended in many colonias at 2:45 (now), and asks patience while the CFE conducts repairs. He says that the storm has moved inland after landing down by Tulum, that the rain is not as strong as it was in the morning but there will be more rain today and tomorrow, that could be strong.  He notes the refuges are available for use and everyone should stay home. He says Civil Protection has been responding promptly to trees or branches falling noting that people should stay home because trees, posts or cables can fall and represent risks. He says Civil Protection continues patrolling and responding to calls. He mentions that all the ferry crossings continue to be suspended until tomorrow morning. He advises following official reports, and recommends disconnecting your appliances & electronics during this electrical suspension to avoid damage to them. The colonias where electricity is being suspended include Salinas, Canotal, Sac Bajo, La Gloria, the area of Garrafon, Caridad del Cobre, and Caribena. And he says not to put out your trash, keep it inside for now.

VIDEO   showing photos (below) & video clips of Civil Protection personnel monitoring lake levels, and supervising the pump for Salinas, noting that it is one of six pumps, and other photos/video clips. The caption says that during Tropical Storm Gamma, various preventative actions were carried out for the benefit of the islanders. 

The Mayor and Directors of various municipal Departments conducted a supervisory tour on Saturday to oversee the various actions being taken during Tropical Storm Gamma. The Mayor checked the level of "Las Salinas" and the operation of that pump to control water levels caused by rain from the storm. He also walked thru the colonias observing pruning work being carried out by various municipal directors. 

Saturday....Residents were advised to stay in their homes after a Red Alert was issued for municipalities in the northern zone of the state due to Tropical Storm Gamma. The state's instructions are intended to restrict movement and prevent accidents associated with falling branches, trees or cables or any situation that could threaten people, therefore it is important the people remain in their homes, said the Director of Civil Protection, Merced Ortiz Maya. The Harbor Master announced that the port was closed for navigation of all boats, smaller and larger than 40 feet, including the cargo and passenger ferries, until the weather allows reopening.

When Tropical Depression 25 developed into Tropical Storm Gamma out in the Caribbean, the municipal government held a meeting of the "Comité Operativo Municipal Especializado en Fenómenos Hidrometeorológicos 2020", presided over by the Mayor. They discussed preventative actions that had already been implemented, such as the activation of the "Salinas" pumps to maintain low lake levels. The Harbor Master said navigation was closed for boats under 40 feet, and that, so far, passenger ferry service continued. It was noted that Isla Mujeres and the rest of the Northern Zone was under an Orange Alert. The Mayor said that personnel with Civil Protection were continually monitoring the low-lying areas of the municipality and the Temporary Refuge shelters had been activated for use if necessary, and they are coordinating with the Harbor Master and Navy. Residents were urged to remain calm and stay tuned to official sources of information. 

Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose. The caption says...Continue to practice hygiene and prevention measures to take care of our health, avoid the contagion of Covid-19.

Saturday evening the Governor removed the Orange Alert for the Tropical Storm Gamma


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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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