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Torrential rains continue to pound Cancun, Riviera Maya

Cancun, Q.R. — A low pressure system covering the western Caribbean Sea and southern Quintana Roo will continue to douse the region in thunderstorms and heavy rain.

The large area of instability over the western Caribbean will continue to bring heavy rains for the next two days, and possibly into the weekend. Torrential rains of more than 100 mm of rain per day is forecast for Quintana Roo, while intense rains of 75 to 100 mm per day are forecast for Yucatan.

“It is producing many storms near the coasts of Quintana Roo, as well as in the Yucatan Peninsula. They could accumulate intense rains and we could have between 75 and 50 mm per day,” said Saretti Cardóz, a meteorologist at the National Water Commission (Conagua) in the Yucatan Peninsula.

Environmental forecasters are warning of coastal winds that could surpass 50 km/ h with sea swells reaching between 2 and 2.5 meters. Port authorities for Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen will continue with nautical updates.

The heavy rains have caused major water-logging in the streets of Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres.

“At the moment, it is heavy rain  just rain, it’s not a hurricane, it’s not likely to develop into a tropical system,” said Marlene Turriza, head of the prevention department of the Civil Protection Directorate in Cancun.

However, according to the National Hurricane Center, the broad, stationary surface low pressure system centered over the southeastern Yucatan Peninsula is gradually becoming better defined.

Although showers and thunderstorms, along with strong gusty winds, are confined primarily to the adjacent waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea, gradual development of this system is expected during the next couple of days as it drifts northward near the Yucatan Peninsula.

They say that a subtropical or tropical depression is likely to form by late Saturday over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and that locally, heavy rainfall is forecast across western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week.

On Tuesday, intense rain in Mexico City caused the suspension of flights in and out of the Benito Juarez International Airport.