Even the best planned vacation can go awry with the arrival of bad weather. Recent catastrophic storms in vacation destinations not only ruined vacations but caused devastating loss of life and property damage.
Hurricane Earl 2010
The duration of Hurricane Earl officially lasted from August 25th through September 4th, 2010, but it managed to impact several popular vacation destinations during its course. Earl battered the island of Puerto Rico with tropical winds and brought heavy rains and oversized waves to Cape Hatteras before changing direction to travel along the New England coastline. Cape Cod, another popular vacation destination experienced minor flooding and beach erosion. The major impact of Hurricane Earl was the two deaths and over 100 million dollars in damage caused throughout the Caribbean.
Hurricane Tomas 2010
The reigning period of Hurricane Tomas was from October 29th through November 7th 2010 and it struck the Windward Islands. The resulting mud and landslides resulted in eight deaths in St. Lucia before Tomas moved on and passed near Haiti where heavy rains again caused mudslides that resulted in thirty five deaths. One drowning death was reported in Curacao and the nearby islands of St. Vincent, Grenadines and Barbados experienced millions of dollars in property damages, but luckily, no human casualties.
Catastrophic Storm, Brazil 2011
A catastrophic storm and resulting landslides caused widespread devastation throughout several towns near the top ranked city of Rio de Janero, Brazil in January 2011. Rio de Janero is a long favored vacation destination for its popular beaches, music and Brazilian festivals and was devastated by the storm which resulted in the loss of over seven hundred lives and 20,000 homeless. Cleanup from the catastrophic storm involved over fifteen hundred personnel.
Cyclone Yasi 2011 (Australia)
Cyclone Yasi hit Australia in the spring of 2011. Residents were warned of the coming category 5 storm which was predicted to be one of the largest in Australian history. Airline flights chock full of fleeing tourists and residents left Townsville the morning before the cyclone hit and thousands more people fled their homes and crammed into shelters. Raging winds of 185 mph hit Sydney, Australia in pre-dawn hours and much of the resulting damage was in Cairn, Townsville and the already storm battered Queensland and its coastline which is a popular vacation destination.
Hurricane Karl 2011 (Mexico)
The historically popular vacation destinations of Cozumel, Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula along with Veracruz, Mexico were devastated by Hurricane Karl in September 2010. Over 20,000 homes were flooded and resulted in an estimated but unconfirmed 40,000 homeless. Families had to be rescued from rooftops in San Pancho and Cotaxtla, damages to property were over 200 million total and recovery crews hauled away approximately 18,000 tons of debris. The majority of the twenty two reported deaths were in Veracruz although four people died in nearby Nexticapan when a house was buried by a mudslide.
It’s important to plan ahead for your vacation and monitor changing weather patterns, especially if your vacation destinations are in an area well known for hurricanes and other deadly storms. Researching your destination in advance can help you plan your vacation for a time when catastrophic storms are less likely to hit.