Hurricane Grace made landfall this morning south of Tulum, Quintana Roo, with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour and it is expected to hit Veracruz by Saturday, estimated the National Coordination of Civil Protection.
As reported by the National Water Commission (Conagua), Hurricane Grace, a category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, made landfall around 4:45 am with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (km / h) and gusts of 155 km / h.
The forecast of punctual torrential rains is maintained with accumulated over 250 millimeters in Quintana Roo and Yucatán during the next 24 hours, and over 150 in Campeche, with strong winds with gusts of 120 to 150 kilometers per hour and waves of 3 to 5 meters high.
The phenomenon will be significant on the coasts of the first two entities, as well as a storm surge in the coast of Quintana Roo and the north coast of Yucatan.
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During the course of this Thursday, Grace will degrade to a tropical storm as it moves to the state of Yucatan, and by Thursday night, it will enter the Gulf of Mexico where it will once again become a category 1 hurricane.
In the “morning” press conference from the National Palace, Laura Velázquez, coordinator of the instance, explained that the government of Veracruz is working together with the Federation in order to mitigate the impact of the heavy rains.
He also reported that Conagua has installed and ready to operate a pumping equipment in Álamo and in Poza Rica, four dump trucks.
In Boca del Río, 14 pumps with a capacity of 500 liters per second were deployed. Likewise, the CFE has personnel, a crane, vehicles and emergency plants ready to deploy in the affected areas.
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A state command center will also be installed and the state’s response plan, Plan Tajín, will be activated, Velázquez said.
Similarly, Civil Protection has ready the installation of community kitchens by the state DIF and the emergency supplies with which they have mats, pantries, covers and sheets.
In Quintana Roo and Yucatán, the official added, the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena) activated the DN-III Plan, which consists of four groups with a total of 40 vehicles and 429 military personnel.
The Secretariat of the Navy, through the activation of the Marine Plan, is prepared with 341 elements, 32 vehicles and 5 aircraft in Quintana Roo.
With information from Efe
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