- Title: Grace brings strong winds and heavy rains ahead of Mexico landfall
- Date: 19th August 2021
- Summary: CANCUN, MEXICO (AUGUST 19, 2021) (REUTERS) STRONG WINDS MOVING TREES (NIGHT SHOT) VARIOUS OF STREETS WITH STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN (NIGHT SHOT) STRONG WINDS MOVING TREES EMPTY BEACH VARIOUS OF WAVES IN THE SEA EMPTY BEACH AND CLOSED STORES VARIOUS OF WAVES IN THE SEA CLOSED DRUGSTORE VARIOUS OF FLOODED STREETS TOURISTS WALKING FLOODED STREETS SOIL ON GROUND AND STRONG WINDS MOVING PALM TREES SOIL ON GROUND AND WORKERS WEARING RAINCOATS
- Embargoed: 2nd September 2021 23:58
- Keywords: Cancun Mexico Storm Grace hurricane rainm wind
- Location: CANCUN, MEXICO
- City: CANCUN, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,South America / Central America,Wind/Hurricane/Typhoons/Tornadoes
- Reuters ID: LVA001EQY5VEV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Tropical storm Grace dumped heavy rain on Mexico's Caribbean coast on Thursday (August 19) but appeared to have spared local tourist resorts serious damage as it moved across the Yucatan Peninsula into the Gulf of Mexico, where it was due to strengthen again.
The government of Quintana Roo state, home to beach resorts Cancun and Tulum, said no one was hurt during the passage of Grace, which struck the Mexican coast as a Category 1 Hurricane in the morning before weakening to a tropical storm inland.
Social media images showed downed street signs and palm trees flailing in the wind near Tulum, and authorities reported some floods, power outages and toppled trees.
Heading westward, Grace was expected to hit the coast of Veracruz State as a hurricane late on Friday, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. There were warnings of hurricane conditions and dangerous storm surge.
The NHC said Grace would dump 4-8 inches (10-20 cm) of rain over the Yucatan Peninsula through Friday, and up to 12 inches in some areas. The heavy rainfall would likely cause areas of flash and urban flooding, it added.
Mexican officials said preparations had been made for the hurricane's arrival, with dozens of military and rescue workers as well as staff from the national power utility, the Comision Federal Electricidad, gearing up to help.
Grace unleashed downpours and flooding over Haiti and Jamaica earlier this week. By Thursday afternoon it was about 80 miles east-northeast of Campeche, with top sustained winds of 60 mph (97 kph), moving west at 18 mph (29 kph), the NHC said.
(Production: Ricardo Vallejo, Mnauel Carrillo, Liamar Ramos)
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