Officials in Mexico Give God the Credit for the Lightness of Damage and Injury from Hurricane Patricia.
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Editor FaithInspires.Org
As Hurricane Patricia lurked off the Mexican Coast things looked absolutely ominous. She was a dangerous Category 5 storm, with sustained winds of over 200 miles per hour. By some measures, she was the strongest hurricane ever in the Western Hemisphere. Experts and emergency officials were not encouraged. There was credible concern that hundreds were about to die, and billions of dollars in damage about to be suffered. It would almost certainly be one of the worst disasters Mexico had ever seen. Meteorologists from as far away as the United Kingdom were tracking the storm minute by minute, because it was thought to be so historical.
As is common with hurricanes the her track was very uncertain up to the last minute. Resort areas known around the world were evacuated. Mexico’s largest container port was battened down tight. Patricia came ashore. Then something happened, or more accurately barely did. Patricia came ashore in a much less populated area than was feared. There were thousands of injuries, but all minor. As much as 24 hours after landfall not a single storm related death had been conformed. There was damage, but only a small fraction of what you would expect from a category 5 hurricane. The concern was so grave prayers for Mexico, and her people were offered up from all over the world. Given the outcome many believe that those prayers were answered in a big way !
Roberto Sandoval, governor of Nayarit state, told CNN en Español “We as government are not supposed to mention faith and God but the only thing I can tell you is that God helped and watched over us so this monster of a hurricane did not hurt us here in Nayarit and in Mexico,” Patricia could have gone a little north or a little south and this story would have been much different. Instead we have highly placed Mexican government official giving the unseen hand of God credit for the mind boggling way things played out.
CNN also quoted David Ramirez, nursing chief at a small clinic in Melaque as saying, “We expected a much bigger disaster,” continuing his comment with. “We believe God helped us through this monster hurricane. We’re still here.”
So history may remember Hurricane Patricia, not as Mexico’s greatest disaster, but as one of her greatest miracles.
Posted on October 25, 2015, in Disaster Recovery and tagged 2015, Category 5 hurricanes, Eastern Pacific, God, Hurricane Patricia, Hurricanes, Mexico, Miracles, Nayarit State, Prayer. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.