Baja California prepares for Hurricane John

Baja California Sur, Mexico has announced that the destination is currently making strategic preparations to ensure the safety of tourists and residents in the pathway of Hurricane John. “Baja California Sur is in a state of thorough preparedness for the possibility that Hurricane John may impact Los Cabos,” says Alberto Trevino, Secretary of Tourism for the state of Baja California Sur. “We are being proactive and taking all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of our tourists and people who live here.”

Precautionary actions include the evacuation of all low lying areas which would be more vulnerable should the hurricane strike. Additionally, proper shelters with electrical back-up and desalinization systems are being designated and reserve water and food supplies are being stockpiled.

Hotel occupancy in Los Cabos is currently 40-50%, as tourists were advised yesterday (August 29) to return home or revise their travel plans to Los Cabos when the pending hurricane was first forecasted. Most hotels have evacuated all of their guests. Those remaining are primarily within the timeshare sector.

Airport management is closely monitoring weather patterns and working with airlines directly to coordinate flight operations and ensure the safety of passengers. The San Jose del Cabo International Airport will be closed for commercial airline traffic, effective tonight at 8:00 pm. Special evacuation aircraft have been employed and are standing by.

According to latest news reports, Hurricane John is currently a category 3, at 20.1 N Latitude and 106.6 W Longitude. It is moving northwest at 14 MPH and may impact the Baja peninsula on Friday.