At least one Canadian couple in Mexico was breathing easier Saturday morning after Hurricane Patricia missed them Friday night.
“The day started with a little bit of a drizzle of a rain, and it rained a little bit harder through the night, but we had zero for wind … It just seemed so still you thought it would be a storm coming, but there was nothing at all other than some rain,” said Francis Bast.
He said the storm didn’t get within 80 kilometres of his home. Bast spoke to News Talk Radio by phone from his home, just outside Puerta Vallarta. He and his wife are from Regina.
On Friday he said he had brought everything inside and taken down his satellite dish to prepare.
“Some people in our area boarded up their windows with plywood, some people put tape on.”
But he said they waited for hours and nothing happened.
“I guess better be prepared than not.”
The storm started out as a Category 5 storm, the strongest Pacific storm ever recorded, with winds topping 270 km/h. But it came ashore in a sparsely populated area, and soon weakened to a tropical depression.
By Saturday morning, Bast said everything was good.
“It’s really sunny here, and it’s a nice day. I might go golfing.”