THE LATEST HURRICANE UPDATES
Updated: 6/17/2015 1:30 AM
Carlos Not Expected to Impact Puerto
Hurricane Carlos has
weakened to a Tropical Storm and is decaying
rapidly. Carlos is expected to drop to
a Tropical Depression by the time it passes
offshore of Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday and
perhaps dissipate altogether. While
forecast to have no significant winds,
Carlos could still potentially could bring heavy rain and
thunderstorms, though the forecasts on that
vary significantly. No
damage is expected, but water activities
will likely remain cancelled due to rough water
conditions for a couple of days.
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
Less than 39 mph (64 km/h)
an organized storm notable only because
it could become stronger.
39-73 mph (64-118 km/h)
or no damage, local flooding, business as
usual in the tropics.
74-95 mph (119-153 km/h)
to buildings, just tree limbs down, signs
blown around, etc.
96-110 mph (154-177 km/h)
and Roof Damage, some downed trees, coastal
111-130 mph (178-209 km/h)
damage to small residences, coastal flooding,
131-155 mph (210-249 km/h)
damage, buildings destroyed, major flooding,
Over 155 mph (249 km/h)
18 ft. +
damage, mass evacuation, flooding, life-threatening
September 2015 -
Hurricane Blanca became the earliest
Category 4 storm on record as it neared Puerto
Vallarta, thankfully dropping to a Category 2 and
passing hundreds of miles offshore. Puerto
Vallarta experienced some surf but otherwise was
largely unaffected. There was no disturbance to
flights or touristic activity save for a delay in
beach and boating activities.
Hurricane Odile passed Puerto Vallarta with only
minor damage reported. However, it went on to become
the strongest hurricane ever to hit Cabo San Lucas
and cause significant damage to that resort town.
Many guests scheduled to visit Cabo ended up
visiting Puerto Vallarta instead.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tropical Storm Javier dropped a whopping 17.33
inches of rain on Puerto Vallarta, causing local flooding,
but no major damage.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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