Last updated on January 5, 2021
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — More than a dozen people have died after Tropical Storm Amanda hit El Salvador and Guatemala Sunday with strong winds and mass flooding.
Meteorologists have reported that Amanda weakened after moving north to Guatemala, however, they warn that the system could gain strength again over the Gulf of Mexico. Locally, Mexico’s Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) is warning regions about the possibility of heavy rainfall.
The SMN reports that wind gusts of between 50 and 60 kilometers per hour are forecast for Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Yucatán and Veracruz with waves of between 2 and 3 meters in Campeche, Tabasco and the southern coasts of Veracruz.
The SMN says that due to the location of Amanda’s remnants, the development of a new tropical system over the southern Gulf of Mexico has an 80 percent probability of development over the next several days.
They warn the effects of Amanda will be felt along the southwest of Quintana Roo. Strong thunderstorms with intense intervals of rain are expected for the Chetumal and Bacalar region of the state, while heavy rain and strong thunderstorms are anticipated for the municipalities of Tulum and Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen).