A Category 3 hurricane reached south of Tuxpan on Mexico’s east coast Saturday morning, and the president has urged residents to seek shelter in bunkers or higher
According to the statement made by the National Hurricane Center, strong winds will continue to hit the region in the morning hours.
According to the statement made by the center, heavy rains during the weekend will cause flooding and mudslides.
Significant lightning and urban flooding and mudslides can be seen over the weekend in Veracruz, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, north of Querétaro and east of San Luis Potosi. According to the Hurricane Center, these areas could receive between 6 and 12 inches of rain if isolated up to 18 inches by Sunday.
On Friday, the Civil Defense Administration in Veracruz, Mexico, issued an emergency statement for 22 municipalities ahead of Grace’s landing.
Grace makes landfall as a category 3 hurricane in Mexico:
The declaration allows authorities to use resources to provide food, shelter and health to the affected population.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he was with 7829 civil defense elements, the Department of Defense, the Navy and the Federal Electricity Commission.
“I agree with the call for asylum in high places and shelters with relatives of the peoples of Veracruz, Puebla, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas and Hidalgo,” said Lopez Obrador.
On Saturday morning, Grace was rapidly weakening as she moved inward and is expected to be inside.
“The latest NHC density estimate caused Grace to collapse in Mexico in about 36 hours,” forecasters said.
Grace hit Mexico for the second time
Grace hit Mexico earlier, weakening a tropical storm with winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour over the Yucatan Peninsula on Thursday.
Yucata’s east coast, including Cancun, Cozumel, and Punta Herrero, has been under hurricane warning since Tuesday as Grace is better organized as it pushes west and sinks Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
Grace also crossed Haiti, which was recovering from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake earlier this week that killed at least 1,941 people. According to UNICEF, the earthquake affected about 1.2 million people, including 540,000 children.
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