Riviera Maya, Mexico — As Tropical Storm Lidia continues to soak the regions of Sinaloa and Baja California Sur, Cancun and Riviera Maya will also see rain, but not to the same extent.
Luis Felipe Puente of the National Coordinator of Civil Protection says that an orange alert has been issued for the central and northern areas of the country, while Sinaloa and Baja California Sur remain on a red alert due to Lidia. According to reports, approximately 1,400 people sought shelter ahead of Lidia at Los Cabos resorts.
Flash flooding will be the most widespread threat, however, there will also be a high risk for mudslides. “Rainfall amounts of 125-250 mm (5-10 inches) will be common across the southern Baja California Sur with locally higher totals,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller said. Residents and vacationers should prepare for rising water, road closures and possible evacuations in flood-prone areas.
For the Atlantic, the National Meteorological Service reports a tropical wave located on the surface of the eastern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula which is moving slowly to the west bringing with it moderate amounts of moisture and thunderstorm activity to the greater part of the state of Quintana Roo.
Weekend weather for the coastal portions of the state of Quintana Roo are cloudy to partly cloudy with showers and thunderstorm activity. Winds east and northeast from 25 to 35 km/h with occasional strong wind gusts. Clouds with intermittent rains and thunderstorms are expected for Saturday and Sunday.
Rob Miller also reports Hurricane Irma regained major hurricane status late Friday afternoon with winds of 115 mph, but has weakened into a Category 2 as of Saturday morning.
Irma will continue to travel in a general westward motion through the central tropical Atlantic into early next week and will be a major hurricane as it approaches the Lesser Antilles during Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
Recent computer models are suggesting Irma could pass very close to the Leeward Islands during Wednesday. All residents and interests in the Lesser Antilles, especially the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and even Puerto Rico need to closely monitor the progression of this very dangerous hurricane.