There are 5 dead and about 3,600 evacuated by Gamma in Mexico

Tropical Storm Gamma left at least five dead and more than 3,600 evacuated as it passed through the Mexican southeast Gamma caused landsl...

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  • Tropical Storm Gamma left at least five dead and more than 3,600 evacuated as it passed through the Mexican southeast
  • Gamma caused landslides, street flooding and damage in an area of ​​tourist areas
  • The worst hit state was Tabasco, where more than 3,400 were evacuated to temporary shelters

According to a report by The Associated Press, the storm Tropical Gamma left at least five dead and more than 3,600 evacuated as it passed through the Mexican southeast, where it caused landslides, street flooding and damage in an area of ​​tourist areas, Mexican authorities reported Sunday.

The National Coordination of Civil Protection The country said in a statement that among the deceased are two women and two children from a mountainous community in the state of Chiapas, who died due to a landslide on their home.

The other death was in the state of Tabasco, where a person was dragged by the water.

Throughout the weekend, the combination of Gamma with cold fronts caused extraordinary rains in many parts of the Yucatan peninsula and in Chiapas, affecting more than half a million people.

The worst hit state was Tabasco, where more than 3,400 people were evacuated to temporary shelters.

In Quintana Roo, where the storm entered and which is home to the main tourist resorts of the Mexican Caribbean, there were just over 40 thousand tourists, since due to the holiday season and the pandemic, hotels in popular destinations such as Cancun and Cozumel had a occupancy around 30 percent.

There were also several floods, falling trees and temporary communication failures with the islands.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Saturday afternoon that Gamma, which had been close to becoming a hurricane, had winds of 95 km / h (60 mph) and was located just north of the north coast of the peninsula of Yucatan.

But the Mexican authorities continue to alert the population because the storm would continue and with it, the danger of landslides and river overflows.

The National Water Commission forecasts intense point rains (from 75 to 150 millimeters) for Campeche, Quintana Roo and northern Yucatán, and heavy to very strong rains (from 50 to 75 mm) for Chiapas and Tabasco.

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Tropical Storm Gamma touches Mexican lands and impacts near the Yucatan Peninsula

It should be remembered that when tropical storm Gamma made landfall this Saturday near Tulum, on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula (in Mexico), it caused significant damage due to its significant rainfall and maximum sustained winds of about 110 kilometers per hour (70 miles per hour).

The center of the tropical storm reached at 11:45 local time (12:45 EST) the Mexican coast with winds very close to those of a hurricane, starting at 119 kilometers per hour or 74 m / h, highlighted the National Hurricane Center. (NHC) from the USA.

In a special bulletin to report the landfall of the eye of the weather phenomenon, the NHC noted that Gamma is moving northwest at 15 km / h (9 m / h).

A weather station at Xel-Há Park, on the Yucatán coast north of Tulum, reported a sustained wind of 89 km / h) (55 m / h) and a gust at 109 km / h (68 m / h ) in the last hour, indicated the American meteorologists.

In a previous bulletin, the experts indicated that the twenty-fourth tropical storm of the current hurricane season in the Atlantic basin could turn towards the north-northwest and head to waters of the Gulf of Mexico, where it will recover part of the strength that it will lose in the next few hours while on land.

Although Gamma has strengthened, its biggest threat remains torrential rains, floods and landslides, especially near and above mountainous terrain, they note.

Tropical Storm Gamma is expected to produce heavy rains for several days in parts of southeastern Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Central America and the western tip of Cuba.

This rain triggered life-threatening flash floods and landslides, particularly in the mountainous regions of southeastern Mexico and Central America.

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With two months to go until the end of the 2020 hurricane season (November 30), 23 named storms have formed, lending credence to the “extremely active” 2020 season forecast by the National Oceans and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). ) from USA

NOAA expects between 19 and 25 named tropical storms this year, which means they have winds of 63 kilometers per hour, of which seven to eleven could become hurricanes, with winds of 119 kilometers per hour, with up to six very powerful

It had been previously reported that this tropical storm was expected to make landfall very soon, as it continued to strengthen as it approached the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, where it made landfall this Saturday with maximum sustained winds of about 100 kilometers. per hour (65 miles per hour).

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC, in English) indicated in its last bulletin, issued at 8:00 local time (12.00 GMT), that the meteorological phenomenon was, at that time, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) south-southeast of Tulum (Mexico) and was heading northwest at 15 kilometers per hour, although it will slow slightly in the next few hours.

This direction caused it to hit the Yucatan coast throughout this Saturday and today it is located on the north coast of this Mexican peninsula.

It will make landfall with winds exceeding 100 km / h recorded by the US “hurricane hunter” aircraft, although the tropical storm subsequently began to weaken before entering the waters of the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon.

However, forecasters forecast that Gamma, whose tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 130 kilometers from its center, would not pick up much force once back over the sea.

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Thus, tropical storm Gamma would only generate maximum sustained winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour after it exits the Gulf of Mexico again, so its greatest danger will not be in the winds but in the rains.

“The greatest threat from this large and slow storm is potential heavy rain and flooding, particularly near and over mountainous terrain,” warned the National Hurricane Center.

This threat looms over part of the Yucatán Peninsula, the western tip of Cuba, and the Mexican states of Campeche, Tabasco, and northern Chiapas.

With two months to go until the end of the 2020 hurricane season (November 30), 23 named storms have formed, lending credence to the “extremely active” 2020 season forecast by the National Oceans and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). ) from USA

NOAA expects between 19 and 25 named tropical storms this year, which means they have winds of 63 kilometers per hour, of which seven to eleven could become hurricanes, with winds of 119 kilometers per hour, with up to six very powerful . EFE News.

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