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World Hurricane Delta Cancun Damage Photos Reveal Storm Destruction and Flooded Streets

16:16  08 october  2020
16:16  08 october  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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Residents of the east coast of Mexico are starting to rebuild their homes and clear debris from roads, with photos revealing the aftermath of yesterday's Hurricane Delta passage.

a group of people walking down a dirt road: Workers talk while they try to move away the debris of a fallen tree after Hurricane Delta caused damages in Cozumel on October 07, 2020 in Cozumel, Mexico. Hurricane Delta reached Mexican east coast, between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, forcing evacuations in touristic areas. Is the second strongest hurricane in the Atlantic this year, only after hurricane Laura, and is expected to hit the coast of Louisiana on Friday. © Natalia Pescador/Getty Images Workers talk while they try to move away the debris of a fallen tree after Hurricane Delta caused damages in Cozumel on October 07, 2020 in Cozumel, Mexico. Hurricane Delta reached Mexican east coast, between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, forcing evacuations in touristic areas. Is the second strongest hurricane in the Atlantic this year, only after hurricane Laura, and is expected to hit the coast of Louisiana on Friday.

The category 2 hurricane, which is currently moving west-northwest towards the U.S. Gulf Coast, made landfall near Cancun yesterday, resulting in hurricane warnings between Tulum to Dzilam and Cozumel. Photos taken at the scene show damage to residential and commercial buildings and flood streets in caused by winds in Cozumel.

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Tens of thousands of residents and holidaymakers were evacuated yesterday as the hurricane made landfall. Puerto Morelos, which sits halfway between holiday destinations Cancún and Playa del Carmen, was battered by the storm at 6.30 a.m. ET.

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The aftermath of the hurricane, captured by photographers, saw resorts shut down, with debris on floors and roads. Buildings also took damage, with sides blown away by the hurricane-force winds. Homes were wrecked, resulting in people getting to work to rebuild them.

Roads were flooded, resulting in people driving through in cars and scooters. Some even waded through to get to where they needed to be. Photos also show fallen trees and poles across roads, causing them to become blocked.

According to a National Hurricane Center's advisory issued around the time Delta hit Mexico, the maximum sustained winds neared 100 mph with higher gusts. It is expected to strengthen again as it approaches the U.S and is forecast to become a major hurricane.

A storm surge raised water levels in areas on the coast by as much as 9 feet, with large and destructive waves battering beaches. It was forecast the peak storm surge would result in normally dry areas near the coast to flood as rising water moved inland from the shoreline.

IN IMAGES. Hurricane Delta hits Mexico without causing any casualties

 IN IMAGES. Hurricane Delta hits Mexico without causing any casualties © PEDRO PARDO / AFP The damage caused by Hurricane Delta in Cancún, Wednesday October 7, 2020. Hurricane Delta, weakened, hit, this Wednesday, October 7, on the east coast of Mexico with winds blowing up to 175 km / h, but without causing casualties for the time being. "We have no information on any deaths caused by this hurricane," said Luis Alberto Ortega, of the Mexican Civil Protection.

Additional heavy rainfall contributes to the rising water levels, with the National Hurricane Center predicting up to 6 inches of rain, with isolated maximum totals of 10 inches across the northern Yucatan Peninsula.

In the northwestern Caribbean Sea, swells will affect portions of the northern and western Gulf coast today, which are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Tens of thousands of residents and holidaymakers were evacuated and sought refuge in emergency shelters Wednesday as Hurricane Delta made landfall on the coast of north-eastern Mexico in the early hours of the morning, lashing popular tourist resorts.

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The category 2 storm hit Puerto Morelos—approximately halfway between the resort towns of Cancún and Playa del Carmen—at around 6.30am US east coast time, with estimated maximum winds of 105 mph, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

It was then forecast to bring a "life-threatening storm surge and strong winds to north-eastern portions of the Yucatan peninsula."

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After being pummelled by two hurricanes in six weeks, residents in this Louisiana city don't even know which storm to blame for the area's widespread damage. Even though Delta wasn't catastrophic -- it mostly damaged roofs and flooded some homes -- residents of this area are exhausted from preparing for storms, evacuations and the inevitable power outages. © CHANDAN KHANNA Hurricane Delta hit an area that was still struggling to recover from Hurricane Laura six weeks earlier The hits are particularly painful to the modest coastal communities in Louisiana, one of the poorest US states.

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