World Menacing hurricane Delta primed to pound Mexico's Cancun

12:55  07 october  2020
12:55  07 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Hurricane Delta , a slightly weakened but still dangerous Category 4 storm, barreled toward Mexico ' s Yucatan peninsula with winds of 130 mph Delta 's damage comes on top of months of pandemic-induced lockdown that has devastated the state's tourism industry. At the Cancun Convention Center

People living along Mexico ' s Caribbean coast are preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Delta , which could bring a life-threatening storm surge and strong winds to the Yucatán peninsula. Delta , which weakened from a Category 4 to a Category 3 storm earlier, is expected to make landfall shortly.

By Anthony Esposito

a body of water: A general view shows an empty beach as Hurricane Delta approaches Cancun, Mexico © Reuters/JORGE DELGADO A general view shows an empty beach as Hurricane Delta approaches Cancun, Mexico

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - Top Caribbean getaway Cancun shuttered shops and evacuated tourists from beach hotels as authorities prepared for the onslaught of Delta, a potentially devastating hurricane poised to tear across Mexico's Yucatan peninsula on Wednesday.

An empty avenue is pictured as Hurricane Delta approaches Cancun © Reuters/JORGE DELGADO An empty avenue is pictured as Hurricane Delta approaches Cancun

Delta, a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity, is due to hit the coast in the early hours and sweep over Cancun before turning north and bearing down on the U.S. states of Texas and Louisiana later this week.

Force 4 hurricane Delta very close to hitting Mexico

 Force 4 hurricane Delta very close to hitting Mexico © Supplied by Le Point Mexico is preparing to withstand the shock of Hurricane Delta, which risks being "extremely dangerous" when will hit the country on Wednesday. Some 41,000 tourists who are in the state of Quintana Roo (south) were quickly evacuated as the hurricane approached, "all of its force will be felt in the middle of the night", according to a televised message. the governor of that state, Carlos Joaquin.

Hurricane Delta rapidly itensifies into a Category 4 with 130mph winds and will strike Mexico ' s resort towns before weakening and heading up to US Hurricane warnings are active for the resort towns of Cancun and Cozumel as Delta draws nearer, predicted to hit the Yucatan peninsula by Wednesday.

Hurricane Delta has grown into a dangerous Category 3 storm as it looks set to batter Mexico ’ s Yucatan Peninsula before eventually making landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast. A worker secures a dock before Hurricane Delta arrives near Playa del Carmen, Mexico , on Oct.

One of the strongest hurricanes to threaten Cancun in years, Delta's arrival is a blow to Mexican efforts to revive tourism in the surrounding beach-lined state of Quintana Roo, where the industry has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

a group of people standing in front of a store: People queue to pay for goods at a supermarket, in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Delta, in Cancun © Reuters/JORGE DELGADO People queue to pay for goods at a supermarket, in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Delta, in Cancun

"I want to go home, this is crazy," said Dee Harris, a 29-year-old from Michigan who came to Cancun with his partner and had been due to leave before the storm led to the cancellation of their flight. "The vacation was good before this."

Delta is also disrupting the oil industry, with companies shutting down offshore production platforms and withdrawing workers.

Hurricane Delta slams into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and heads toward the US Gulf Coast

  Hurricane Delta slams into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and heads toward the US Gulf Coast Leaving Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday, Hurricane Delta is expected to strengthen back into a major storm as it makes its way toward the same area of the US Gulf Coast still picking up the pieces from Hurricane Laura. © CNN Weather Hurricane Delta is taking aim at the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. A hurricane watch was issued for parts of the coast from High Island, Texas, eastward to Grand Isle, Louisiana, and a storm surge watch is in effect from High Island to the Alabama-Florida border, according to the National Hurricane Center.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified into a Category 2 hurricane with 110 mph (175 kmh) winds Tuesday on a course to hammer southeastern Mexico and then grow to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 on approach to the U. S . Gulf coast this week. Cuba’ s westernmost province

Hurricane Delta - a tiny, but intense Category 4 hurricane - is closing in on a potentially catastrophic strike on Mexico ' s Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancún and Forecast Timing, Intensity. Delta will make landfall or strike Mexico ' s Yucatan Peninsula by Wednesday morning. Owing to its smaller size

Late on Tuesday, Delta was about 135 miles (217 km) east-southeast of the island of Cozumel, blowing maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (209 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Barreling northwest relatively briskly at 16 mph (26 kph), Delta was expected to pass through Quintana Roo in 10-14 hours, state governor Carlos Joaquin said.

"Hopefully, that speed means it won't do us so much damage," Joaquin told Mexican radio.

Slow-moving hurricanes often do more destruction than those with faster lateral movement because they have more time to unleash their force on structures.

Delta is expected to lose some wind power over the peninsula before gathering strength again in the Gulf of Mexico.

On Tuesday, residents queued at supermarkets to stock up on provisions in anticipation of disruptions, while the state government readied shelters that need extra space due to coronavirus social-distancing requirements.

Officials ordered the evacuation of Cancun's hotel zone and other coastal areas, while shop workers boarded up windows.

A hurricane watch was in place from the beach town of Tulum westwards, including Cozumel.

Water levels could rise by up to 13 feet (4 m) over normal tide conditions due to Delta, the NHC said.

The Yucatan peninsula had already taken a hit at the weekend from Hurricane Gamma, a smaller storm that damaged property and forced restaurants and other attractions to close.

(Writing by Dave Graham; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Hundreds of thousands ordered to evacuate as Hurricane Laura a now forecast to be a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane .
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