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Hurricane Ignacio Hits La Paz!

La Paz prepared for the impact of Hurricane Ignacio beginning mid-day Saturday August 23, 2003. High winds plagued the area since late Saturday afternoon and the rain began in earnest late Sunday.

The pre-dawn hours Monday, August 25 brought the strongest portion of the storm. With the wind from the SE heavy wave action was evident in most of the anchorages and downtown marinas.

Damage from the storm was relatively light. Onshore damage was mostly limited to downed trees and signage. 

Some roofs were blown off and there is a lot of debris in the streets. There was limited street flooding.

Of the vessels in the harbor, Fleur de Mar is known to have sank at the Magote anchorage, three vessels were grounded along the Mal�con and one by the Navy base south of Marina La Paz. Fleur de Mar was salvaged on September 10 by a consortium of concerned local boaters and friends of the owner.

Quick work during the passing of the eye allowed rescue of the sailing vessel "Maki" by the Navy and two cruisers from grounding in front of Hotel Los Arcos.

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2 day Satellite Image

There were several vessels that lost their headsails in the first half of the storm. Most emergency reparation was completed during the long 4 hr lull of the eye and preparations for a 180 degree change of the wind direction was anticipated.

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Beach in La Paz during the eye of Hurricane Ignacio

Marina de La Paz sign took damage

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Boats washed ashore during Hurricane Ignacio in La Paz, 2003

South eye wall approaches La Paz

Vessel strains against the wind and waves


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