World News – CA – Winds and rain lash Yucatan resorts as Hurricane Zeta approaches


CANCUN, Mexico – Hurricane Zeta hit resorts on Mexico’s Caribbean coast around Tulum with high winds and rain on Monday night as it headed for the Yucatan Peninsula then a possible landing on the central U Gulf Coast in the middle of the week

Zeta – the 27th oldest named storm in the Atlantic season – was centered about 40 kilometers east of the resort town of Tulum, the US National Hurricane Center said It had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 km / h)

The center was supposed to make landfall in the middle of the night, and the Quintana Roo state government Carlos Joaquín said: « No one should be on the street, you shouldn’t go out » until the hurricane passes

In Playa del Carmen, between Tulum and Cancun, Mexican tourist Elsa Márquez lifted her beach towel to show how the force of the wind blew her straight through the air, rattling with the strong gusts

« This is our first experience (in a hurricane) and the truth is we are a little scared because we don’t know what’s going to happen, but here we are, » said Marquez, who was visiting the station from the north -central state of Queretaro

Tourist Mario Ortiz Rosas, from Uruapan, Michoacan, watched wryly the rising waves before Zeta arrived, noting: « I hadn’t planned this, but it looks like it will become. complicated « 

Some boats that normally carry tourists to Cancun took refuge in a channel in the nearby lagoon, anchored among the mangroves to avoid the strong wind, waves and storm surges This was the second time this month- ci that the captain of the boat Francisco Sosa Rosado had to perform the same maneuver, after Hurricane Delta hit the station in early October

« With Delta, the gusts of wind were very strong and the anchor lines risked breaking », recalled Sosa Rosado « I hope it will not be as serious with this hurricane »

Zeta was moving northwest at around 20 km / h after being almost stationary over the weekend Forecasters said Zeta had to move on the Yucatan Peninsula overnight before heading for the Gulf from Mexico, then approach the US Gulf Coast by Wednesday, although it could weaken by then

Trees blown down by Hurricane Delta just three weeks earlier still littered parts of Cancun, piled up along roadsides and in parks they were feared to become projectiles when Zeta scratched the peninsula. many traffic lights around the vacation destination have not been fixed since Delta

Local authorities were taking the storm seriously, but with a tone significantly less alarmed than when Delta strengthened into a Category 4 offshore storm The state of Quintana Roo suspended alcohol sales and the government Carlos Joaquín González said everyone should leave the streets on Monday afternoon

Residents pulled their boats out of the water, but the kind of panic buying seen as Delta approached was unclear

State officials reported nearly 60,000 tourists to the state as of mid-week The state government said 71 shelters had been prepared for tourists or residents who may need it Joaquín said he hoped it would not be necessary in most cases to move guests from their hotels

The predicted track would have Zeta hit Cozumel and hit the mainland just south of Playa del Carmen Delta made landfall on October 7 between Playa del Carmen and Cancun with winds of 110 mph (175 km / h)

The hurricane center says Zeta could bring 10 to 20 centimeters of rain to Mexico, the Cayman Islands and parts of Cuba, before submerging central U Gulf Coast

Zeta broke the record for the 27th oldest named storm in the Atlantic that formed November 29, 2005 It is also the 11th hurricane of the season

This year’s season has so many storms that the hurricane center turned to the Greek alphabet after running out of assigned names

Zeta is furthest from the Greek alphabet that the Atlantic season has passed.There was also a tropical storm Zeta in 2005, but that year 28 storms occurred because meteorologists returned later and discovered that they had missed one, which then became an « nameless named storm »

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World News – CA – Winds and rain lash Yucatan resorts as Hurricane Zeta approaches



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