Hurricanes will hit Mexico hard in 2020

In the midst of the health emergency, Mexico is expecting a hurricane season above the historic average, both for the Pacific Ocean, where it began yesterday, and for the Atlantic, starting on June 1.

Mexico hurricane season begins.
Mexico hurricane season begins.

In a video conference, Conagua director Blanca Jiménez reported that between 30 and 37 meteorological phenomena are expected: 15 to 18 in the Pacific and 15 to 19 in the Atlantic.

On the Atlantic coast, four to five category 1 or 2 hurricanes, and three to four categories 3, 4, or 5 are expected. For the Pacific, four to five category 1 or 2 hurricanes, and four to five categories 3, 4, or 5 are expected.

17 million Mexican residents in 17 coastal states are at risk this hurricane season. The Fonden has a budget of about four billion pesos to attend emergencies. If necessary, communities will be evacuated to shelters prepared with necessary sanitary measures before the covid-19.

Mainly the expansion of the dimensions of these temporary shelters, ensure that they have adequate services, also ensure that the recommendations of the health sector are met, of course, hygiene measures, a strict filter on entry, to ensure that people housed, which will occupy this space are healthy.

This year, emergency or disaster response teams will double their efforts, because while they continue to fight covid-19, they will attend to the population's calls for help during the hurricane season.

Some of the names that will be used for the weather phenomena in the Pacific are Alvin, Cosme, Flossie, Kiko, Priscilla, and Raymond. In the Atlantic, Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, and Sebastien.

La Niña and Pandemic Phenomena

If the cooling of the Pacific surface sea continues, indicating the development of the La Niña phenomenon, there will continue to be a latent increase in these rains and greater cyclonic activity in the Atlantic basin, which could favor a greater risk for the population due to flooding, overflowing rivers, storm surges with landslides, which could force people to be moved to shelters which, as we know, would be complicated by the Covid-19 Pandemic that we are experiencing.

For this reason, the entire population is invited, especially those in coastal states, to be aware of weather forecasts, to identify evacuation routes, to attend to indications from the authorities and, of course, to wear a mask and antibacterial gel, among other things, all in order to safeguard their physical integrity and health.