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Cancun, Playa del Carmen return to normal after Alberto

Cancun, Q.R. — After a week of turbulent weather and several days of closed ports, things have returned to normal for Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

After the passing of Alberto, the first Atlantic subtropical storm of the year, tourism began to operate normally again in Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Alberto caused a halt to most nautical activity in the region due to pounding rain and strong winds.

President of the Nautical Associates of Quintana Roo Iván Ferrat Mancera, said already this year, they have recorded losses estimated at around $1 million USD as the result of poor weather conditions that have forced authorities to partially or fully close ports.

He pointed out that the hurricane season is one of the most unstable periods for nautical tourism.

As Alberto moved off the coast of Quintana Roo Saturday, port authorities reopened navigation for small vessels and reactivated tourism activities in the area.

“Fortunately the yellow alert has been lifted and port authorities have given us the go-ahead to continue with tourist activities,” said Edmundo Muñoz at Playa Mamitas.

On Sunday, subtropical Storm Alberto continued to make its way toward the Florida Panhandle after dousing the Mexican Caribbean with heavy rains for several days.

According to NOAA, the subtropical storm’s top sustained winds were recorded at 65 mph, causing tropical storm warnings Sunday night from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Suwanee River in Florida.

Hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin officially begins June 1 and is predicted to be a busy season.