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Sara Sánchez Maldonado – Puerto Vallarta CVB
October 11, 2011
Photos by Josef Kandoll - www.josefkandollw.com
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board announced that the destination, popular for American and Canadians travelers, is under no immediate threat as Hurricane Jova touches down on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami expects that the hurricane projects that Jova will touch ground between the border of the states of Jalisco and Colima, 119 miles away from the city, the distance between New York City and Philadelphia.
Yesterday, Puerto Vallarta Mayor Salvador Resendiz Gonzalez met with the municipal civil defense committee, to inform all members about the constant monitoring of the natural phenomena that are currently developing in the Pacific.
According to this committee’s experts and international forecasts, hurricane “Jova” will not reach the Banderas Bay. Meteorologist Victor Cornejo explained the results of the monitoring and said “The forecast currently says that it will not directly impact Puerto Vallarta, but it will south particularly the state of Colima, where the hurricane’s eye will probably hit. As a consequence, our town will get strong winds and heavy rain
Local government officials have taken numerous preventive measures to ensure the safety of its local population and visitors.
Cecilia Lomeli, Director DIF, explained that seven temporary shelters have been set up in various areas in town, located at: Escuela Secundaria 81, Colegio Niños Héroes, Salón Ejidal in Ixtapa, Salón Ejidal in Las Juntas, Salón del Ejido in Puerto Vallarta, CTM Los Sauces, Salón de Usos Múltiples CTM Pitillal, which will be available 24 hours a day for any situation that may arise.
The Mayor said “It is important for the population to know that authorities are working and citizens should not be worried, because so far according to experts, there is no imminent danger. I only ask all residents to be alert to media communications and take precautions for possible heavy rains taking place during the next few days.”
Today, the Puerto Vallarta International Airport is continuing regular operations, though Alaska Airlines has canceled 2 of today’s scheduled flights.
However, residents and visitors should remain alert and keep checking Mexico’s Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (National Meteorology Service) and the US National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center to stay abreast of Hurricane Jova’s movements and developments