Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — While Michael passed the region without much incident, it did managed to inundate Isla Mujeres beaches with sargasso.
Beaches along the island were covered with the unwanted sea grass after the passing of Michael. Municipal employees collected more than 7 tons of sargasso that made land from the high winds due to the storm.
Municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, explained that employees of the City of Isla Mujeres were part of a clean-up day along the coast. He said that both private companies and public volunteers were part of the cleanup of Playa Centro and Playa Norte after the atypical arrival of sargasso due to the gusts of wind and waves from Michael.
He said that while there was no damage to the island, there was a significant concentration of sargasso in the coastal areas.
“The gusts of wind that were felt in Isla Mujeres were intense and the waves brought a lot of sargasso that was concentrated in these areas of the municipality, so it was necessary to carry out cleaning to keep our beaches free of the seaweed,” he said.
Kerem Pinto Aguilar, director of the Federal Maritime Land Zone for Isla Mujeres, reported that in Playa Centro approximately 3.5 tons of sargasso was removed, while in Playa Norte an approximate 4 tons was accumulated, which was eventually removed with specialized machinery.
Michael passed the state of Quintana Roo as a tropical storm but did not touch land. It did, however, land the US two days later as a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane.