Hurricane Dean Slams Mexico Coast
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Sue, Playa del Carmen is about 100 miles north of the eye of the storm. What's it like there where you are?
SUE GOODWIN: Well, it's loud and it's dark. The government cut off the electricity here in Playa about two hours ago. It actually happens automatically when the winds hit a certain point. And I spoke with another radio journalist here in Playa and he told me we are in a tropical storm situation here in Playa with gusts that go up to a hurricane level.
YDSTIE: Are you getting rain right there now?
GOODWIN: Yeah, a lot of rain.
YDSTIE: What do you know about the situation farther south, the area that's taking a direct hit?
GOODWIN: So the government was reaching out and finding Mayan speakers who could go and convince these people to leave. And it's my understanding that they were successful to get people out and into evacuation.
YDSTIE: Quickly, Sue, because we don't have much time. Even though the northern part of the peninsula where you're at isn't being hardest hit, it does have the potential to take a big economic blow.
GOODWIN: Yeah, I mean, people here in this town which relies so heavily on tourism still talk about Wilma. They feel like they just got back on their feet. I talked to one gentleman who said after Wilma, everything turned gray. They lost all the vegetation and they feel like it's just was coming back. People were just having the confidence again to visit this region, and they're very nervous this week. They're losing a good strong week of tourism because most of the tourists have left.
YDSTIE: Thank you, Sue.
GOODWIN: Thank you John.
YDSTIE: NPR's Sue Goodwin in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
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