CANCUN, Mexico (AP) – Hurricane Zeta, the 27th storm in the heaviest season in the Atlantic, landed on the Caribbean coast of the eastern Yucatan Peninsula late Monday as it shattered resorts around Tulum with rain and wind. .
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the Zeta came ashore just north of Tulum with maximum strong winds of 80 km / h.
Quintana Gov. Roux Carlos Joaquin warned that “no one should be on the street … you shouldn’t go out again” until the hurricane passed.
Zeta was expected to lose some power as it crossed the peninsula before regaining the force of the Gulf of Mexico hurricane on Tuesday as it headed for the central Gulf coast and possibly the landfall on Wednesday night. A hurricane clock was published by Morgan City, La., Next to the Mississippi-Alabama state line.
In Playa del Carmen, between Tulum and Cancun, Mexican tourist Elsa Marquez picked up her beach towel on Monday, so it fluttered in the wind, shaking strong gusts on Monday hours before Zeta̵
“This is our first experience (in a hurricane) and the truth is that we are a little scared because we don’t know what will happen, but here we are,” said Marquez, who was visiting the resort in the northern central state of Queretaro.
Another tourist, Mario Ortiz Rosas of western Michoacan, looked at the rising waves, noting, “I didn’t plan this, but it looks like it’s going to get complicated.”
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Some boats, which usually carry tourists to Cancun, have taken refuge in a nearby lagoon canal anchored in the mangrove forests to avoid the hatred of wind, waves and storms. The captain of the boat Francisco Sosa Rosado noted that they had to perform the same maneuver only three weeks ago, when the area was hit by a stronger hurricane Delta, which made the land with the highest wind of 175 km / h.
“At Delta, the gusts of wind were very strong … the anchor lines were at risk of breaking,” said Sosa Rosado. “I hope it won’t be so bad with this hurricane.”
Trees cut down by the Delta littered parts of Cancun, lined up along roadsides and in parks, and there were fears they could become shells when Zeta blew up. A number of stops around the holiday destination remained unrepaired after Delta.
As of mid-week, Quintana Roux government officials have reported nearly 60,000 tourists in the state. They said 71 shelters were prepared for tourists or residents who might need them, although the governor said he hoped there would be no need to move guests from their hotels.
Zeta broke the record for the previous earliest 27th storm in the Atlantic, which formed on November 29, 2005. This is also the 11th hurricane of the season. On average, six hurricanes and 12 storms are observed during the season.
There were so many storms this season that the center of the hurricanes had to turn to the Greek alphabet after the appointed names expired.
Zeta is the most distant Greek alphabet through which the Atlantic season has passed. There was also a tropical storm Zeta in 2005, but this year there were 28 storms because meteorologists later went back and found that they had missed one, which later turned into an “unnamed storm”.