Travel Advice for Mexico in Tropical Storm Nate Aftermath
The coast of Cancun was bracing itself for Hurricane Nate last weekend. But Mexico residents were spared a dismal fate, unlike surrounding neighbors like Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Mississippi Delta region.
At least 28 people died on Thursday in Central America, according to CNN, and President Trump declared a state of emergency in Mississippi and Louisiana.
Mexico, however, managed to escape the storm. The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical depression on Sunday morning as it moved across the Gulf of Mexico toward the United States.
Where Did Hurricane Nate Hit Mexico?
In Mexico, the storm did not reach hurricane status.
“In those days [of the Hurricane watch] it didn’t even rain,” Braulio Carrillo, a resident of Playa del Carmen — which is about an hour south of Cancun — told Travel + Leisure. “We had sunny days and a beautiful full moon.”
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“There was a tropical storm Nate warning on Sunday,” said Sally Golan, another resident of Playa del Carmen. “All the restaurants in Playa del Carmen closed at 2 p.m., and then nothing happened.”
Is It Safe to Visit Mexico Right Now?
There was no damage in Mexico due to Nate.
“Nate was a tropical storm, and not a hurricane, when it passed over [the] Yucatan Penninsula,” Journey Mexico’s CEO Zach Rabinor told T+L. “We were very lucky that it moved northeast of us and did not have much impact on the state of Quintana Roo.”
The Cancun airport remains fully open and operational. The power is still on, and hotels, restaurants, hospitals and all other facilities are operating business as usual.
Nate was the first hurricane to touch Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina. It cut power to approximately 67,000 homes across the Gulf, many of them in Alabama. Rain was expected across the south, from Tennessee into the Appalachian mountains.
In Central America, the devastation was much more apparent, with deaths, rising floodwaters, and mudslides, as well as lost power and running water.
Beyond the now-passed hurricane threat, however, travelers should be aware of the State Department warning in effect for Mexico.