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    Posted October 26, 2011 by
    Playa del Carmen, Mexico
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Hurricane season 2011

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    As hurricane Rina is approaching, Playa del Carmen is quickly becoming a ghost town


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Gvcam shot these pictures the evening of October 26 of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, preparing for Hurricane Rina to make landfall. 'People were stocking up on food and water as of Tuesday and are still taking all precautionary measures as of last night,' he said. "As some of the pictures will show, there is a sense of relief that [Rina] has been downgraded, but storm damage is a concern as most of the beach was washed away in the 2005 hurricane.'
    - jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

    Playa del Carmen  10/26/2011    7:00-7:30 pm


    Although hurricane Rina has been downgraded to a catagory 1, local businesses are not letting their guards down and continue with last minute preparations . The normally bustling 5th Avenue and beaches have become almost deserted.


    Pic: 1 and 2 - 5th Avenue Businesses boarding up


    Pic: 3 - A few places are still open for business but there are hardly any customers around.


    Pic: 4 - A local news station van sets up at the plaza to capture the upcoming events.


    Pic: 5 - The calm before the storm - in the distance the island of Cozumel


    Pic: 6 - You know things are serious when even the  ATM machines are wrapped in plastic.

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