Monday, January 17, 2022

Category 3 Hurricane Grace passes over Mexico’s Gulf Coast

VERACRUZ, Mexico—Hurricane Grace crossed Mexico’s Gulf Coast early Saturday as a major Category 3 hurricane, drenching small fishing towns and beach resorts as it made its second landfall in the country in two days.

The storm lost power as it swept through Mexico’s main tourist strip, crossing the Yucatán Peninsula on Thursday, but rapidly regained power from the relatively warm Gulf of Mexico as it moved toward the country’s mainland. Was.

The US National Hurricane Center said Grace had maximum sustained winds of 125 mph early Saturday, when it made landfall about 30 miles south-southeast of Tucpan. It was moving to the west at 10 mph.

Forecasters said Grace will quickly lose strength as it moves inland over a mountain range carrying its heavy rains toward the heart of the country, including the Mexico City area. Forecasters said it could drop 6 to 12 inches of rain, with some isolated areas receiving more rain – threatening flash floods, landslides and urban flooding.

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A fisherman talks on his phone in the Mexican state of Veracruz on August 20, 2021. (Felix Marquez/AP Photo)

Mexico’s Meteorological Agency said that hours before approaching the coast, GRACE experienced strong winds, high waves and rain in the Veracruz communities of Tucpan, Poza Rica, Xalpa and Veracruz City, as well as the coastal cities of the states of Tabasco and Tamaulipas. caused.

The fishermen pulled their boats out of the water and carried them inside the harbor to prevent damage as the leading edge of the storm hit the shore. Merchants climbed onto the windows of their business for their own safety.

Officials expect the central states and the Mexican capital to receive impact as a tropical storm, with strong thunderstorms and intermittent rain during the weekend.

Heriberto Montes Ortiz, head of the General Technical Sub-Directorate of Mexico’s National Water Commission, said the grace could cause flooding, landslides and damage to roads and highways in low-lying areas, along with swelling of rivers and streams.

The agency was monitoring rivers, dams and communities expected to see heavy rains, especially in the states of Veracruz, Puebla, Hidalgo and Tlaxcala.

The storm struck early Thursday near Tulum, a Yucatan resort town famous for its Mayan ruins. Some families spent several hours taking shelter from broken trees and flying debris.

As the storm struck, Carlos Gonzalez grabbed his 1 1/2-year-old son and fled with his wife from their home to a shelter set up in a school, using the lights of his cellphone to make his way through the dark streets. to find the way.

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A lifeguard watches the surf in Boca del Rio in the state of Veracruz, Mexico on August 20, 2021. (Felix Marquez/AP Photo)

“The only thing left with me is what I’m wearing,” said the construction worker. “I knew my house wouldn’t tolerate this because it’s made of cardboard. When the wind came I got really scared and decided to leave.

There were no reports of deaths, but many roads were blocked by fallen limbs and trees, leaving thousands in the dark on Thursday.

Most businesses remained closed on Friday, and those that did open had long lines of people to buy tortillas and other food.

Quintana Roo State Governor Carlos Joaquin said the storm had knocked out power to about 84,000 customers in Cancun and 65,000 in Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Puerto Aventura and Tulum.

by Felix Marquez and Fabiola Sanchez

The Associated Press

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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