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Thunderstorm rips through Cancun, floods streets

Cancun, Q.R. — A predicted thunderstorm ripped through Cancun and Playa del Carmen Friday afternoon leaving streets flooded and trees downed.

Torrential rain and strong winds accompanied by lightning and roars of thunder left a large part of the region under water during the afternoon hours of Friday.

Hail was recorded in the northwest of Cancun as Cold Front 47 made its way through the city and along the coast to Playa del Carmen where it continued to deliver strong winds and excessive amounts of rain.

Cancun suffered with flooded streets, felled trees and several collapsed electrical cables before the storm moved on down the coast toward Playa del Carmen.

According to the Cancun Fire Department, at least 11 trees were knocked over by the strong winds that arrived with the rain. Twenty five members of various Cancun municipal services were out in full force rescuing those trapped in their vehicles due to the high levels of water.

Flights from Mexico City to Cancun were also affected by the storm as aircraft were diverted and/or delayed due to the low pressure channel along the Yucatan Peninsula. Magnicharters flight 782 from Mexico City to Cancun had to be diverted to Cozumel due to weather conditions.

There were no reports of injuries.

It was only a few weeks ago that another storm landed upon the city with a similar amount of ferocity, dumping more than 75 mm of rain on Cancun streets in a short amount of time. That storm also caused severe inner-city flooding.

On Tuesday, the city of Mérida was pounded by a storm that dumped 60 mm of rain on streets in a little over three hours. Meteorologists say that three-hour rainfall was the equivalent of the average rain for the month of April.