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Large storm shakes Cancun, Riviera Maya

Cancun, Q.R. – Fallen trees, collapsed roofs and severe flooding were the results of a large storm that passed over Cancun and much of the Riviera Maya on Wednesday.

Although there was rain in the forecast for Wednesday afternoon, the storm that arrived with the rain was quite unexpected as near-tornado conditions were felt along most of the coastal areas. Emergency services including Civil Protection, the Fire Department and the Red Cross were deployed across the region as the massive system passed overhead, bringing with it violent winds and heavy rains. Employees of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) were also called out to deal with emergency situations where fallen lines had occurred.

Two people were reported hospitalized in Cancun when a tree fell on their vehicle. The Grand Plaza Walmart was evacuated of its customers and employees after a roof collapse. Several other minor injuries were reported around the city, however, there were no deaths.

The storm made its way down the coast slamming the Riviera Maya with powerful winds and heavy rain. The large system also wreaked havoc on Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel and drenched the town of Tulum, 138 kilometers from Cancun.

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