- Thousands of people at risk thanks to storm Grace in Mexico.
- President Andrés Manuel López Obrador makes a drastic decision.
- As if that were not enough, a new threat appears: Henri can become a hurricane.
Grace puts thousands at risk in Mexico and AMLO makes a drastic decision as a new threat presents itself. The president of Mexico deployed hundreds of army troops as well as the Navy to the southeast of the country to mitigate the effects caused by the hurricane, which made landfall this Thursday in the Caribbean, according to Efe.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of Mexico, said in his press conference the following: “Let all the people know that we are here, that the entire government is going to help.” For her part, Laura Velázquez, national coordinator of Civil Protection, reported that Grace, a category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, made landfall at around 4.45 local time (09.45 GMT).
Grace puts thousands at risk in Mexico
“We have to be very vigilant, we have been doing it for more than a week, but today in particular, when it touched down at 4.45 in the morning, the entire population must be very vigilant because the forecast is that they will have rains intense in Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo; likewise, we will have heavy rains, is the forecast, in Tabasco ”, explained the official.
Also, Laura Velázquez, national coordinator of Civil Protection, said that it is “important” to highlight the “preventive actions” that the Mexican Government has carried out, and in coordination with state and municipal governments due to Hurricane Grace.
The population will be helped by the ravages of Grace
The Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) activated the plan for assistance to the population, known as the DNIII-E plan, which consists of four groups with a total of 40 vehicles and 429 Mexican Army personnel, while the Secretariat of the Navy, When activating the Navy plan, it deployed 341 personnel, 32 vehicles and 5 aircraft.
In addition, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has arranged more than 1,200 electricians in strategic points in the southeast of Mexico in case of service failures, while the National Water Commission (Conagua) also has 113 brigade members ready to act. .
Most ports were closed
Also, Laura Velázquez, national coordinator of Civil Protection, pointed out that there are around 500 workers from the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) in case there are damages on land roads. He indicated that the majority of ports in the region were closed.
“We are prepared, we have had a very close work with the population and the three levels of government are working in a very coordinated manner,” said Laura Velázquez (Filed under: Grace puts thousands at risk in Mexico and AMLO takes drastic decision while presenting a new threat).
Grace population at risk
In the Yucatan Peninsula alone, the Government has detected more than 122,000 people in higher risk areas, in addition to 34,000 homes, 426 schools and 47 health centers, Enrique Guevara, general director of the Center, explained this Wednesday at another press conference. National Prevention of Disasters (Cenapred).
The national Civil Protection system, he added, has ready more than 3,500 shelters in the states of Quintana Roo, Veracruz and Yucatán, with a capacity for more than 650,000 people (Filed under: Grace puts thousands at risk in Mexico and AMLO drastically takes decision while a new threat is presented).
Grace degrades to a storm in Yucatán and Henri can become a hurricane
Hurricane Grace degraded to a tropical storm on Thursday as it passed through the Yucatan Peninsula, after making landfall in Mexican territory this morning with strong winds and rains, while Henri will intensify in the North Atlantic until it becomes a hurricane on Friday.
Grace, the second hurricane of the hurricane season in the Atlantic basin, is located 80 miles (130 km) east-northeast of Campeche, Mexico, and has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 km / h), said the National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States in its bulletin at 1:00 p.m. local time (17:00 GMT).
Grace would “attack” again
Grace is moving rapidly westward with a translation speed of 18 mph (30 km / h) and continues to dump heavy rain as it advances through Yucatán, making landfall around 5.45 EST (9.45 GMT) just south of Tulum, in the east of this Mexican peninsula, with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour.
The Miami-based NHC detailed in its most recent newsletter that Grace is expected to “make landfall for the second time in Mexico on Friday night or early Saturday,” after entering Gulf of Mexico waters (Filed under : Grace puts thousands at risk in Mexico and AMLO makes a drastic decision as a new threat presents itself).
The nightmare does not end
A hurricane warning is maintained (passing in 36 hours) for the Mexican coast, from Puerto Veracruz to Cabo Rojo and another for the Yucatan peninsula from Tulum to Campeche and for the Mexican continental coast from the north of Cabo Rojo to Barra del Tordo.
The system is expected to continue to weaken as it crosses the Yucatán, but is expected to re-intensify when the center reaches the Gulf of Mexico. Grace is in general west-west-northwest movement today, but will experience a slow west-southwest turn over the weekend.
Grace will continue to wreak havoc
According to this trajectory pattern, tropical storm Grace “will continue to move over the Yucatan peninsula for the next few hours to leave this afternoon to the southwest Gulf of Mexico,” meteorologists indicated. Grace will also produce rainfall throughout the warning area and the storm surge will be “accompanied by large and destructive waves,” the NHC noted.
As for Tropical Storm Henri, its center “will remain far from the US East Coast for the next few days,” but it is expected to approach southern New England next Sunday and Monday, according to the most recent NHC bulletin.
Henri will take more strength
Henri is located about 490 miles (790 km) southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and about 810 miles (1,300 km) south of Nantucket, Massachusetts. It is moving west at 10 mph (17 km / h) and has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 km / h).
At the moment, no tropical storm advisory or watch has been issued for any territory. Little change in the system’s wind strength is expected today, but Henri “will intensify into a hurricane on Friday,” forecasters warned (Filed Under: Grace puts thousands at risk in Mexico and AMLO makes a drastic decision while presents a new threat).
More hurricanes are coming
The waves generated by Henri will continue to affect Bermuda in the next 24 hours and it is expected that “the swell near the east coast of the United States and the Canadian Atlantic this weekend”, which can put human lives at risk, they alerted.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts that the current Atlantic hurricane season will have above-average activity. So far this year, only one other hurricane, Elsa, had formed in the Atlantic basin at the beginning of July (With information from Efe).
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