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Oregonians stuck in Puerto Vallarta as Patricia makes landfall

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Bob Dixon and his family. Bob Dixon and his family.

A few hours before Hurricane Patricia made landfall Friday, locals in Puerto Villarta were boarding up their homes and businesses, or driving inland to escape the brunt of the storm.  But Portlander Bob Dixon and his family decided to stay put on the 23rd floor of their hotel.

Over the phone, Dixon described the view from his balcony.

“Light rain is falling, the ocean’s still pretty quiet. And traffic – there’s just nobody on the road. There’s not a boat in view here off of the bay. Even the birds have gone to rest.”

Dixon and five of his relatives are on vacation, staying in their time share on the beach. Dixon said he preferred to be in a sturdy, concrete building instead of taking chances with old construction away from the resort. From his perspective, most tourists are doing the same.

“People who are staying here have made a rush on the local grocery store to get water, candles and supplies to be able to weather it out for at least two days."

Diane Quary is from Oregon, but she moved to Puerto Villarta 24 years ago. Over the phone Friday afternoon, Quary explained that she isn’t going to evacuate so she can keep an eye on her home.

“This isn’t my first hurricane here, but it’s going to be the most interesting I’m sure”, said Quary.

Quary lives in the mountains right above the coastline and she’s mostly worried about landslides. 
But she admits, she doesn’t truly know what to expect.

“We’re just not sure. This is sort of a new experience for everybody. Everybody’s, you know, alarmed.”

Some of Bob Dixon’s relatives were suppose to fly home tomorrow, but the airport is currently shut down.

Instead of dwelling on the inconvenience, Dixon says they’re trying to focus on safety and staying calm.

“I guess we’re still optimistic”, Dixon said. “I’m hoping we don’t get the full brunt of the storm and we just get the edge of it—it brushes us and we just get wind and rain. So at this point, I don’t really feel worried."

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