Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Persistent rains have seen many areas of Cancun and Riviera Maya flooded as residential streets and main fairways become almost impassable, however now, there is a tropical storm concern for the region.
The low-pressure trough that has been sitting over part of the Yucatan Peninsula has been the cause of more than 200 millimeters of rainfall over the past 72 hours. In Cancun, residents have been waterlogged as 209 millimeters has fallen in the past 72 hours.
Streets have been flooding in many parts of Playa del Carmen too as drainage wells become covered with garbage. Mayor Christine Torres says, “We have been attending various parts of the city to deal with the heavy rainfall, but the main problem is garbage in the streets. Once it covers the drains, they don’t work very well, so we are asking citizens to throw all garbage in bins and sweep in front of their homes.”
Rainfall in the state capital of Chetumal amounted to only 41.6 mm, but on Cozumel, the island saw 108 mm. Heavy rains Monday was enough to keep most of the 4,200 passengers on board a cruise ship that docked the island.
Since the beginning of the week, three cruise ships have docked Cozumel, bringing with them nearly 11,000 passengers, most of whom opted to remain on board. Intense rains were also responsible for the port authority temporarily closing navigation to small boats.
According to Accuweather’s Dan Kottlowski, there is potential for a tropical storm to develop in the Gulf of Mexico- western Caribbean into next week. He reports that over the next 10 days, one or two storms may develop and due to the proximity to land, people may not have a lot of time to prepare.
“A tropical system may bud near or just north of the Yucatan Peninsula,” he says explaining “Any feature that develops in this area is likely to drift toward the north or northeast. Should the system develop just east of the Yucatan Peninsula, where waters are the warmest, we could have a powerful hurricane on our hands.”
The next name on the list for 2017 storms in the Atlantic is Nate.