In a press release, the National Water Commission indicated that with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gusts of 155 km/h, at 4:45 a.m. this morning, Hurricane Grace, category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, made landfall south of Tulum, Quintana Roo. The cyclone is currently on land over the town, south of the archaeological zone.
The forecast for heavy rains with accumulated rainfall of more than 250 millimeters (mm) in Quintana Roo and Yucatan during the next 24 hours, more than 150 mm in Campeche, strong winds with gusts of 120 to 150 kilometers per hour (km/h) and waves of 3 to 5 meters (m) of significant height on the coasts of the first two entities, as well as a storm surge on the coast of Quintana Roo and the northern coast of Yucatan, is maintained.
During the course of this Thursday, Grace will degrade to a tropical storm as it moves over Yucatan, and by tonight, it will enter the Gulf of Mexico where it will intensify again to a category 1 hurricane, a force with which it will again impact Mexican territory, this time on the coast of Veracruz.
The hurricane wind warning zone remains in effect from Cancun to Punta Herrero, including Cozumel, in Quintana Roo, and the tropical storm wind warning zone remains in effect from Punta Herrero to Puerto Costa Maya, in Quintana Roo, and from Cancun, Quintana Roo, to Campeche, Campeche. There is also a hurricane watch zone from the Port of Veracruz to Cabo Rojo, Veracruz, and a tropical storm watch from Cabo Rojo, Veracruz, to the Port of Altamira, Tamaulipas.
The rains could cause an increase in the levels of rivers and streams, and flooding in low-lying areas, so the population of the aforementioned states and maritime navigation are urged to heed the warnings of the National Meteorological Service (SMN) of the National Water Commission (Conagua) and follow the indications of state, municipal and Civil Protection authorities. As well as to take extreme precautions in the areas of the mentioned states due to rain, wind, and high waves.