Hurricane Delta traps West Michigan couple in Cozumel

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Newlyweds from Hudsonville are sheltering in place at a Cozumel, Mexico, resort where Hurricane Delta hit overnight.  

After getting married this past weekend, Nicole and Jake Sinclair arrived in Cozumel on Monday for their honeymoon.

Within a matter of hours, the couple was contacted by the front desk and instructed to leave their room right away, bringing only the essentials to go shelter in place with other guests in the hotel lobby.  

They were assigned a beach chair to lay on and given a mask and other disinfectant items to minimize any potential coronavirus exposure.

An area at a hotel in Cozumel, Mexico where a Grand Rapids couple is sheltering in place for Hurricane Delta. (Courtesy)

They said the storm hit around midnight Wednesday. The resort lowered hurricane screens that sheltered them from the high winds and hurricane rains.

“It’s very, very humid. No air conditioning. Probably one of the worst nights of sleep that I’ve had,” Jake Sinclair said.

“It got so loud,” Nicole Sinclair added. “I was actually very surprised at how safe I felt with (the screens). They don’t look like they can hold very much, but they definitely did. There was rain pouring in down through the stairs that was like off right to the side of us around midnight. It was just down pouring rain down the stairs, but besides that we felt really safe. It was just really loud and really hot.” 

The two had never even experienced a tornado, but credited the calming staff and comforting messages from family back home for getting them through their first, and hopefully only, hurricane experience.

The newlyweds don’t have the option to leave Cozumel because the area remains on lockdown while damage is surveyed.

“Our flight leaves on Monday, so I think we’re going to try to hold out for a couple more days, try to make the best of it,” Nicole Sinclair said. “At least it happened at the beginning of our week and hopefully it’ll clear up by the end of the week.”