When word came that the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere was about to hit, Liliana Ramon Garcia and her five children headed for the place they thought would be the safest: their small apartment at Aquatic Jungle, the water park where they are caretakers.
Even there, though, “It felt like the gazebo was going to come down,” the 34-year-old woman recalled hours later on Saturday.
As the record winds from Hurricane Patricia slowed, the damage here, was less severe then had been feared. Umbrellas and plastic chairs were strewn about, signs were shredded and the pools overflowed with dirty rainwater.
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