Less than three weeks ago, we were competing in the the beautiful city of Mazatlan, at the North American Youth Championship, little did we know that since our departure a category five hurricane; later downgraded to a tropical storm, would be slamming into the lovely city we had just visited.
During the last 48-hours, our Spanish language blog, www.chesscampeona.blogspot.com, has received over 5,000 hits from people in the Mexican Pacific Coast, all searching for the latest information on what could have been a major catastrophe.
We thank God that Hurricane Rick began to lose its force as it approached the Baja Peninsula, however, today, the tropical storm will land full force in Sinaloa, and of course the city of Mazatlan.
The Mexican government has issued an orange alert for the entire Northwestern Coast, this means that schools are closed in that area, and ships have been diverted to several other ports. The Mexican military landed several C-130's in order to deliver supplies for what is expected to become an incessant torrential rainfall situation.
A few minutes ago, we sent an email to David Magana, a successful high school student who lives in Mazatlan and happens to run the up and coming chess blog:
We interviewed him via email to get a better understanding of the current conditions in Mazatlan at this hour - we hope to hear from him soon. By the way, he was competing in the NAYCC 2009, U-18 boys for Team Mexico.
If there are any Americans in the Mexican Pacific Coast who are able to furnish us with any pictures or testimonials of what is currently happening, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org,
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