I just spoke to my mom, Kate Fisher (Alegre Mar). She's back in La Manzanilla today, but unable to post from there. She wanted me to give an update on her place and the town generally for those who've been asking.
The town has seen better days, obviously. Lots of downed trees, power lines, signs, etc. Generally, lots of rubble in the streets that will take some time to clean up. She hasn't seen reports of major floods or landslides in town, though, so that's really encouraging. Seems like some of the places on the beach, in particular, took a real beating. As far as we can tell, there's no power or water running in town, so people are hunkered down and living on what they have for now. If the authorities and infrastructure people don't get some work done soon, people are probably going to have to take off (if they have anywhere to go).
Kate's place sustained major damage to the upstairs part of the house and basically the entire outside areas. The palapa is still standing over the main living area, but it's full of holes and isn't keeping much out. The palapa over the deck outside was blown off, up, and over the main palapa, landing on the opposite side of the rooftop (that's some strong wind). All the windows on the upper floor were blown out, so the upstairs living area is pretty much broken glass and water at this point. Obviously, anything that was inside that space was pretty much obliterated. Incredibly, the downstairs units both survived, including the sliding glass doors and windows. The waves must have come up pretty high, though, because the patios and gardens outside the units are sand-covered, and the gate and fences are completely destroyed. The internal gardens are also a mess. Lots of fallen trees and destroyed bushes, etc.
So the cleanup begins for the entire town. Good luck everyone and be safe.
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