Still Waiting for Hurricane Norbert
OK, 6pm and no Norbert - looks like we may have dodged a bullet. Fred on sailing vessel Sojourn did a 5pm briefing, and says the worst is already passed.
Worst? what do I do with the 500 t-shirts I ordered...."I SURVIVED NORBERT" ?
It's now 1430 local time and the storm is predicted to make landfall in another 3 hours. Suddenly the air has turned thick - humidity is running about 99 percent and the air temperature is 93 F.
I just got a loaf of warm bread delivered by Doug aboard Ke-Em-Te, courtesy of Trish. Terry and Terry are wandering around the marina, checking everybody's lines and tying up loose things.
It’s 11:30 am Guaymas, Mexico time and we still have about 7 hours before Norbert makes landfall. I am writing this aboard my 40 ft. cutter, SolMate. Currently I am tied up at the dock in Marina San Carlos.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has had a fairly consistent story for the last 12 hours - Norbert has strengthened somewhat and will be (probably) a category 1 cyclone when it gets here.
Everybody who is here has been lashing down anything that might become an unguided missile when the expected 50 - 75 knot winds arrive. That includes tying down stuff on boats where the owners are not here.
Most of us have never been through a hurricane and we are fortunate in that Marina San Carlos is probably one of the best-protected harbour in the Sea of Cortez. But there are lots of unknowns - such as whether there will be a storm surge (a 3 - 6 ft. surge is predicted by the NHC, and it will arrive right at high tide!).
Here is the projected path: