Ministry of Tourism in Jalisco, Enrique Ramos Flores, announced today that operations in Puerto Vallarta hotels resumed after yesterday’s evacuation of many area hotels took place ahead of Hurricane Patricia.
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Flores said that at 8:00 AM local time previously closed hotels in Puerto Vallarta had reopened. About 100 hotels were effected by evacuations, mostly beachside hotels. Evacuees who were transported to area shelters were provided transportation back to their hotels this morning.
The city airport began operating flights in and out of the city at 7:00 AM after closing Friday afternoon. Southwest Airlines added additional flights to and from Puerto Vallarta to assist in the backlog created by the airport closure on Friday.
All city services are also functioning normally, including electricity and water services around Puerto Vallarta. CFE, Mexico’s electric service, announced Friday that it would begin shutting down service ahead of the storm, however there were no widespread outages reported in the area.
Most businesses in Puerto Vallarta opened under normal business hours after removing boards, tape, and other precautions from storefront windows they had applied before the storm made landfall.
Officials are monitoring area rivers but say levels have been steady and even some falling, reducing the risk of flooding caused by mountain rains.
Hurricane Patricia made landfall 140 miles south of Puerto Vallarta as a category 5, but spared the city from any damage.
Puerto Vallarta is no longer under any watches or warnings. All transportation services, including bus services, have resumed and there are no reports of road closures.