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Riviera Maya, Cancun region soaked by heavy rains

Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Heavy rains dealt a blow to the region affecting some ports and flooding many streets with a slow passing system affecting a large portion of the Yucatan coast.

On Isla Mujeres, the Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico activated their Marine Plan, providing assistance if needed due to the high pressure system associated with the passage of Cold Front #6 that has caused heavy rains and floods in the municipalities of Isla Mujeres and Benito Juárez (Cancun).

In Cancun, Operation Storm was activated in different parts of the city due to waterlogged streets and stranded passengers. Civil Protection did not report any serious damage, only problems, especially in the morning when heavy rains poured down on the city for several hours.

Photo: Municipio de Benito Juárez

Antonio Fonseca León, director of Civil Protection of the Municipality of Benito Juárez, announced that at 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, they began Operation Storm with about 300 elements of different agencies including firemen and Civil Protection.

He said that lifeguards had closed access to the water, cautioning people not to enter the sea since the rains were accompanied by heavy electrical storms.

He reported that municipal traffic recorded 16 vehicular accidents and affected 20 sets of traffic lights, adding that city firefighters were called out to cut trees that put some homes at risk.

The passing system has been generating rainfall of varying intensities in the region since Tuesday. In the last 24 hours, some areas have recorded as much as 66 mm of rainfall. According to del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), high rain records in the last 24 hours in Yucatán included Río Lagartos at 31.4 mm, Progress with 24.8 mm, Chocholá with 24.4 and Cantamayec recording 21.5 mm of rain.

Heavy rains recorded in the last 24 hours in Quintana Roo include Cozumel with 66.4 mm, Playa del Carmen with 52.8 mm, Felipe Carrillo Puerto with 48.2 and Cancun with 39.2 mm.

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