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Hampden couple braves Hurricane Patricia on Mexican honeymoon

Kevin Bartley watches Hurricane Patricia come in while on his honeymoon in Punta Mita, Mexico.
Kevin Bartley watches Hurricane Patricia come in while on his honeymoon in Punta Mita, Mexico. (Kevin and Aimee Bartley)

Four days into their honeymoon on Mexico's Pacific coast, Kevin and Aimee Bartley heard a weak tropical storm was headed their way.

The newlyweds were out watching a hockey game between the Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks on Thursday when Kevin Bartley looked at his phone and noticed Hurricane Patricia had become a Category 4 storm -- and was still strengthening.

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With only one small road leading out of their resort in Punta Mita, about 10 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, the Bartleys were left to ride out Hurricane Patricia in their hotel room. By Friday, the storm was the strongest hurricane on record, and Punta Mita was under a hurricane warning.

"Our hotel room happened to be in the safest part of the resort so the hotel asked if we could house other guests in our room overnight," Kevin Bartley said in an e-mail. "We made some friends here earlier in the week so we invited them to stay with us in our room."

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It wasn't a typical honeymoon scene for Kevin, a 33-year-old project manager at a Baltimore software firm, and Aimee, a 28-year-old Johns Hopkins employee.

"The guys tried to keep calm so the ladies wouldn't get scared but as the wind started to pick up everyone was nervous," Kevin Bartley wrote.

But they remained safe, and by about 11 p.m. Friday, they were able to pick up a Wi-Fi signal.

"We saw the storm had passed us mostly to the south we were all relieved and had some celebratory beers," he said.

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For the Bartleys, the honeymoon is over on Monday, as they head back to Baltimore.

But elsewhere, damage is still being surveyed.

While Mexico for the most part was relieved that the storm caused no fatalities and only marginal damage in the resort of Puerto Vallarta and the principle port of Manzanillo, the sparsely populated zone of Pacific coast where Patricia delivered its fury was only beginning to assess the full damage Sunday.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said Saturday that 3,000 to 3,500 homes were damaged and about 8,650 acres of farmland were hurt.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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