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    Posted October 27, 2011 by
    Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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    Hurricane season 2011

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    Hurricane Rina reaches Playa del Carmen, we have lost power, will do comment updates as possible


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Gvcam shot these photos the evening of October 27 of Hurricane Rina, now downgraded to a Category 1 storm, making landfall in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Large parts of the city are currently without power.
    - jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

    Playa del Carmen 10/27/2011  6:00 - 7:00 pm


    Pic: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Leading edge of hurricane Rina at Playa del Carmen beach area, winds of approx 19 km/h.


    Pic: 6 Some businesses still remain open.


    Pic: 7, 8, 9  5th Avenue.


    Pic: 10 Some street flooding has already started.


    Winds and rain have intensified within the last hour after taking these pictures. Considering this is the leading edge and that Rina is still 27 miles away from Playa del Carmen with winds at 60 mph as of 8 pm, it seems apparent that there will be some damage and flooding in the morning.


    Update: 9:00 pm winds are getting stronger and lights are starting to flicker, more than likely we will lose power soon.


    Update 9:25  Most of Playa has lost power from what I can see,winds intensifying by the minute,  I am running the router on a battery pack so the cable company must have power or they too are on a battery back up system. Will continue updating if possible.


    Update: 11:15 PM We regained power at 11:00 pm, since around 10:30 it has been very calm and quiet with no rain, thunder, lighting or wind (a very eerie feeling). It has now started to thunder and rain again as I am writing this but no winds, feels like we were just in the eye of a storm and it seems to be starting again still no winds.


    Update: 3:55 am  All is quiet, seems the worst is behind us.

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