According to The Weather Channel, Hurricane Dean came ashore in the southern Yucatan and Belize very early Tuesday. Late Tuesday afternoon I got an e-mail from Andrew, in which (of course) he made no mention of the hurricane. In spite of his lack of caring as to whether his mother is having a heart attack or not, it does tell me that his little hamlet still has electricity and a telephone line, both of which would probably be sorely lacking if there had been severe storm damage.
Thus, the smileys. Yay for the internet!
ETA: [I'm such a self-centered slut.] Thank you all for your good wishes! This knitblogging community rocks, as so many others have said before this.