Cancun, Q.R. — Nearly a dozen flights were diverted from landing at the Cancun International Airpot Wednesday evening after a storm doused the region with heavy rain.
Although the Cancun airport did not close, at least 11 flights were diverted to alternate airports at Mérida and Cozumel due to the rain. Eduardo Rivadeneira, director of Public Relations of ASUR, confirmed that due to the bad weather, some pilots decided to land at alternate airports where they waited out the passing of the storm.
Seven pilots chose to go to Mérida and four more to Cozumel where they waited until the storm passed over Cancun.
The storm, which arrived shortly after 5:00 p.m., generated chaos in other areas with a downed highway sign at Puerto Aventuras and several flooded streets. Areas of Isla Mujeres also felt the rain-soaked punch as brigades were sent into the streets to deal with waterlogged streets.
La dirección de Protección Civil and Bomberos de Isla Mujeres were out dealing with the result of the arrival of the prefrontal trough over the northwest of the peninsular region.
Although the rain stopped around 6:00 p.m., Antonio Morales Ocaña of the Municipal Meteorological Department warned about the arrival of more rain and a drop in temperature that came with thunderstorms, noting the system would move off for Thursday morning.