They stress having bottled water, food, documents stored in waterproof containers and, great advice, not listening to rumors. Turn off all your electrical system and uncouple the bottled gas. Keep a supply of purified water which is usually done here since drinking water should always be purified.
In 1954 Chetumal was almost completely destroyed by a storm. It was then a small outpost city with a lousy port (it is too shallow for anything of substance), no road or rail transport at the best of times. Buildings in the city were primarily built of wood in the caribe style or less sophisticated. It was, after all, only a small city in a territory of Mexico far from the capital with a history of violence and war against Mexico.
We once met a Mayan woman who had lived through the storm in '54 and described the chaos, flooding and winds. Now it is growing affluent with shopping malls, a Sam's Club and two highways connecting it to the rest of Mexico and Belize.
The 8PM reports tonight on a number of Internet sites like Accuweather and Weather.com had reports from Santo Domingo and Kingston, Jamaica telling of high winds — 100 mph sustained winds in Jamaica and 138 mph gusts. This is at category 4 and 5 is being predicted for Yucatan landfall around Tuesday morning by the National Hurricane Center in Miami. A category 5 fuels winds of 160 mph.
Dean had already killed at least 8 persons before it hit Jamaica. It is a deadly force, this force of nature. The Cayman Islands are trying to get people off the island with an influx of empty airplanes being sent in to evacuate people from a relatively posh resort. At Cancun airport there were said to be lines of planes to fill with lines of tourists. Not everyone will get a seat on a plane. Foreign tourists are to be evacuated to hotels in the city of Cancun which is not as much of a danger as is the Hotel Zone.