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Cancun, Riviera Maya under storm watch as Tropical Storm Michael passes region

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — UPDATED: The government of Mexico through the Comisión Nacional de Agua reports that the Cancun and Riviera Maya coast is under a storm watch for the next few days as Tropical Depression 14, which has officially been upgraded to Tropical Storm Michael, passes the region.

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently upgraded Tropical Storm Michael, which is now located southeast of Cozumel, having moved further away from land.

The storm will still cause intense weather conditions in Quintana Roo and Yucatan with 2 to 3 meter high waves and strong wind gusts now likely to exceed 85 kms/hour. As the system passes, Riviera Maya and Cancun are reported to see between 75 mm to 150 mm of rain.

According to NOAA, “Michael is moving toward the north-northeast near 3 mph (6 km/h). A northward motion with some increase in forward speed is expected over the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of Michael will move over the Yucatan Channel on Monday, and then across the eastern Gulf of Mexico late Monday through Tuesday night, and approach the northeastern Gulf coast on Wednesday.

“Data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected during the next few days, and Michael is forecast to become a hurricane Monday night or Tuesday.

“Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km) primarily to the east of the center.”

The government of Mexico reports that the  storm watch remains in effect from Tulum to Cabo Catoche (Quintana Roo) on the northernmost point on the Yucatán Peninsula and includes Cozumel. People in the region are advised to take extreme precautions and comply with the recommendations of authorities of the National Civil Protection System.

 

They say that the heavy rains could produce landslides and / or river overflows on roads and road sections, as well as flood low-lying areas and saturate drains in urban regions. Due to the expected high waves, harbor masters will announce recommendations to maritime navigation personnel throughout the state.