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Should a hurricane or Tropical Storm threaten Puerto Vallarta, we will provide you with all the updates as we receive them from real, on-the-ground people, including first-hand photographs of the action (or inaction) as it happens.  If you hear that a hurricane is heading toward Puerto Vallarta, make sure to check here - we'll have the facts.  In addition, we feature information about past hurricanes to threaten the area and general climate information related to the formation and probability of storms in our area.


THE LATEST HURRICANE UPDATES

 HURRICANE RAYMOND
Updated: 10/22/2013  6:49 AM

Hurricane Raymond did not affect Puerto Vallarta. 

Hurricane Raymond hit Acapulco as a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 130 mph, causing considerable damage.  However, it quickly turned to the west and headed out to sea, well south of Puerto Vallarta.  The Puerto Vallarta area received some rain, but not much wind, and no damage at all. 
 


PUERTO VALLARTA'S NATURAL HURRICANE BARRIER

Puerto Vallarta is in the tropics, which means tropical storms and even hurricanes are normal occurrences throughout rainy season.  Luckily for visitors to the city, Puerto Vallarta has a couple of natural barriers which prevent storms from entering the city.  The predominant wind pattern is from the SW, which causes approaching weather patterns to be weakened over Cabo Corrientes.  In addition, the Bay of Banderas acts as a natural buffer, keeping the storms out to sea instead of entering the city.  As a result, Puerto Vallarta has the enviable position of being virtually hurricane-free all year round.

HURRICANE CATEGORIES BY WIND SPEED

Tropical Depression

Less than 39 mph (64 km/h)

N/A

Flooding, an organized storm notable only because it could become stronger.
Tropical Storm

39-73 mph (64-118 km/h)

N/A

Minor or no damage, local flooding, business as usual in the tropics.
Category 1 Hurricane

74-95 mph (119-153 km/h)

4-5 ft. No damage to buildings, just tree limbs down, signs blown around, etc.
Category 2 Hurricane 96-110 mph (154-177 km/h) 6-8 ft. Window and Roof Damage, some downed trees, coastal flooding.
Category 3 Hurricane 111-130 mph (178-209 km/h) 9-12 ft. Structural damage to small residences, coastal flooding, evacuation possible.
Category 4 Hurricane 131-155 mph (210-249 km/h) 13-18 ft. Extensive damage, buildings destroyed, major flooding, evacuation mandatory.
Category 5 Hurricane Over 155 mph (249 km/h) 18 ft. + Massive damage, mass evacuation, flooding, life-threatening situations.

PAST HURRICANES

October 2009 - Although Hurricane Rick became a massive category 5 hurricane, the strongest in the Eastern Pacific in over a decade, and the second strongest in history, with sustained winds of 180 mph (285 km/hr), it passed Puerto Vallarta well out to sea.  We received only a very small amount of rain and almost no wind.  Hurricane Rick did cause some disruption in cruise schedules for one or two days, but cruise passengers are always covered by our excellent no port-no pay policy. 

Hurricane Rick looked initially like it was headed for a direct hit on Cabo San Lucas, but instead fizzled out and made landfall about 15 miles (25 km) north of Mazatlan with sustained winds of only 55 mph, a tropical storm, but not a hurricane.  Mazatlan received quite a bit of rainfall, and some trees and signs were down, but that was all.  No major damage was incurred.  Puerto Vallarta received no impact from the storm and vacations continued as normal.

June 2009 - Category 1 Hurricane Andres passed Puerto Vallarta as a Tropical Storm, but swerved West into the ocean, and Puerto Vallarta only received some drizzle and clouds.  There was no impact on the area.  By the next morning, it had fizzled out into a Tropical Depression.

November 2006 - Category 5 Hurricane John looked like it was on a collision course with the city, causing a great deal of preparation and worry.  However, like so many hurricanes before it, Hurricane John swerved to the west at the last minute, and completely spared Puerto Vallarta, instead making landfall eventually just North of Los Cabos.  Other hurricanes this year such as Lane and Paul passed well out into the Pacific, heading toward the Baja.

October 2002 - Category 5 Hurricane Kenna was the first major storm to hit Vallarta in over 35 years.  The third strongest storm on record ever to hit Pacific Mexico, she made landfall about 100 miles NW of Vallarta, near San Blas, on October 25th with winds of 140 mph, causing over $101 Million USD in damage to the coastline.  Over 100 people were injured, with no deaths reported, and 95% of the buildings in San Blas were damaged.  In Puerto Vallarta, the storm surge broke over the sea wall with 10-foot waves and caused damage to hundreds of coastal buildings of Puerto Vallarta as well, including 150 stores and 3 hotels, at a cost of over $5 Million USD, despite winds in the city itself of only 50 mph.  52 people were reported injured in Vallarta.

September 1998 - Tropical Storm Javier dropped a whopping 17.33 inches of rain on Puerto Vallarta, causing local flooding, but no major damage.

September 1997 - Category 4 Hurricane Nora caused a hurricane warning to be issued for the Puerto Vallarta area, but the storm moved offshore at the last minute, heading for the Baja instead.  No damage was reported in Vallarta.

September 1997 - Category 5 Hurricane Linda passed by without much incident.  The storm, carrying 185 mph winds, did produce waves that caused beachfront hotels to close, and some minor flooding, though no major damage was reported.

October 1996 - Category 1 Hurricane Hernan made landfall near Barra de Navidad, and carried northward through Puerto Vallarta.  However, the land weakened the storm rapidly, and although the area experienced 13-foot waves and flooding in the Melaque area, including some road washouts, no deaths were reported, and most of the damage was to the outlying rural coastal areas.

September 1971 - Category 1 Hurricane Lilly made landfall near Puerto Vallarta, where it claimed the lives of 12 people - 9 on one capsized boat.  Isla Cuale was flooded, causing it's residents to relocate to the new Colonia Pa'lo Seco.

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