Published on : Monday, October 5, 2020
Tropical storm Gamma lashes on Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, flooding the region with rain and damaging wind. The record-breaking nature of the 2020 Atlantic Tropical Season therefore continued with the Tropical Storm Gamma as it hit the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico over the weekend.
On Saturday, Gamma strike near Tulum, Mexico, in the form of a very strong tropical storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center stated that a weather station at Xel-Ha Park, along the Yucatan coast just north of Tulum, reported sustained winds of 55 mph (89 km/h) and wind gusts up to 68 mph (109 km/h).
On the island of Cozumel, just offshore from the Yucatan Peninsula, wind gusts of 40 mph (64 km/h) were reported early Saturday afternoon. Early on Sunday morning, Cancun reported to have experienced wind gusts of 35 mph (56 km/h). On Friday, tropical storm warnings were given by the administration for parts of the Yucatan Peninsula.
The Governor of the state of Quinatana Roo, that includes cities like Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Cancun, advised on Twitter that residents remain at home and inform in case of emergencies to the respective authorities.
According to Noticaribe, one of the hardest-hit areas thus far is Playa del Carmen, where the State Coordination of Civil Protection issued a red alert on Saturday morning, due to Gamma’s impacts. Reports of fallen trees, blackouts and flooding in main streets were noted by several emergency agencies in the city.
Just to the north, in Puerto Morelos, the local government set up two temporary shelters. Fire fighters, public services and civil protection crews were out removing tree branches and assisting drivers, municipal president Laura Fernandez told CancunMio.