Left Menu
Development News Edition

Toppled trees, broken windows in Mexico's Cancun in wake of storm Delta

The NHC issued a storm surge warning for parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast, including High Island Texas and along to the Alabama-Florida border. "I WANT TO GO HOME" Cancun scrambled to shutter shops and evacuate tourists from beach hotels on Tuesday as Delta looked to be one of the strongest hurricanes to threaten the area in years. Even as a weaker storm, Delta's arrival was a blow to Mexican efforts to revive tourism battered by the coronavirus pandemic in the surrounding beach-lined state of Quintana Roo.

Reuters | Mexico City | Updated: 07-10-2020 22:48 IST | Created: 07-10-2020 22:32 IST
Toppled trees, broken windows in Mexico's Cancun in wake of storm Delta
Representative image Image Credit: ANI

Hurricane Delta left a trail of toppled trees, torn roofs and downed power lines in top Caribbean getaway Cancun on Wednesday but the storm weakened before landfall and appeared to have wrought less destruction than many had feared. Beachside roads were flooded, small boats overturned in a marina, while roof tiles and broken glass littered sidewalks in what looked like a ghost-town early on Wednesday, with 39,000 residents and tourists mostly hidden in shelters before winds abated.

Steven Helling had hunkered down in his 16th-floor condominium overlooking the ocean, where he felt the building sway and in the morning discovered his glass balcony railing had been blown out, along with many others across the complex. "Honest to God you could feel the building moving... the winds were unbelievable," said Helling, a Texas native, adding that experiencing a hurricane had been "on my bucket list."

Fallen trees partially blocked a road to the resort's strip of five-star hotels, and a heavy-set policemen with an axe hacked a path through the debris. Smaller properties suffered caved in-walls or shattered windows, including a local Banco Azteca bank branch surrounded by shards. Delta had weakened to Category 2 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity, with winds of 110 miles per hour (175 km per hour), by the time it hit the coast close to Puerto Morelos, a fishing village popular with tourists.

The storm retained a similar strength as it raked across the Yucatan peninsula, an area of jungle, Mayan ruins and modern-day Mayan indigenous towns and villages. It was expected to gather strength again and hit the Gulf of Mexico later in the day. Its approach has prompted oil companies to shut down offshore production platforms and withdraw workers. The NHC issued a storm surge warning for parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast, including High Island Texas and along to the Alabama-Florida border.

"I WANT TO GO HOME" Cancun scrambled to shutter shops and evacuate tourists from beach hotels on Tuesday as Delta looked to be one of the strongest hurricanes to threaten the area in years.

Even as a weaker storm, Delta's arrival was a blow to Mexican efforts to revive tourism battered by the coronavirus pandemic in the surrounding beach-lined state of Quintana Roo. "I want to go home, this is crazy," said Dee Harris, a 29-year-old from Michigan who came to Cancun with his partner and had been due to leave before the storm led to the cancellation of their flight. "The vacation was good before this."

A hurricane warning was in place from the beach town of Tulum westwards, including Cozumel. Water levels could rise by up to 9 feet (3 m) over normal tide conditions due to Delta, the NHC said.

The Yucatan peninsula had taken a hit at the weekend from Hurricane Gamma, a smaller storm that damaged property and forced restaurants and pre-Hispanic pyramids to close.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Turbulence surrounding tobacco control in Ghana

... ...

Smart healthcare: IoT redefining the way healthcare is delivered

As the world is embracing the new wave of digitalization triggered by the pandemic and the arrival of 5G, the adoption of IoT devices will further boom. With adoption set to soar, IoT security issues and other challenges cant be ignored any...

Refugee compassion and response: Ideas to mitigate disasters now and in their future

Their homeland becomes a forbidden territory for them and more likely than not, their journey to foreign soil is no less traumatizing, not to say deadly. It is crucial to help refugees live a life of dignity and purpose....

Inadequate water infrastructure causes a tidal wave of coronavirus in rural Alaska

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Punjab CM slams CBI for obstructing probe in Bargari Sacrilege Case

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on Tuesday, slammed the Central Bureau of Investigation CBI over its tactics to obstruct the state governments investigation into the Bargari sacrilege case with its false statements in the Hig...

Spain's PM sides with Germany over importance of U.S. security role

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Tuesday backed Germanys view that Europe would not be able to provide for its own security without U.S. and NATO help, distancing him from a call by France for an independent European defence strategy...

Cabinet decided to provide 40 per cent fund as 'viability gap' for social sectors, says Gadkari

Union Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday announced the Union Cabinets decision to provide 40 per cent fund in the form of viability gap to the social sectors including medical college, universities, airports among ...

Assam reports 157 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 2,11,839

Assams COVID-19 caseload rose to 2,11,839 with 157 more people testing positive for the infection on Tuesday, while one more fatality pushed the death toll to 976, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The lone death in the state was th...

Give Feedback