The worst forecasts of meteorologists have come true. Tropical storm Zeta left its stationary position on Sunday night and began its advance across the Caribbean Sea towards the Yucatan Peninsula.
As Quintana Roo State Governor Carlos Joaquín explained at a news conference, if the planned trajectory is fulfilled, The system will arrive on the continent this Monday, October 26, in the north of the island of Cozumel, and then you will pass through Playa del Carmen. He also warned that it will become stronger in the next few hours, and should reach national territory as a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
“Although #Zeta is still #TormentaTropical, we must prepare for a Category 1 hurricane. There is no need to panic or panic when shopping. We will have a lot of rain and gusts between 118 and 152 km / h #JuntosSaldremosAdelante ”, wrote the head of the state government on Twitter.
In view of the expected impact and conditions, the Secretary of National Defense, the Secretary of the Navy and local bodies began to evacuate the cities of Punta Allen, in Tulum; Isla María Elena and Punta Herrero, in Felipe Carrillo Puerto; and Banco Chichorro, in Othón P. Blanco. Work activities were also suspended as of 1 am on Monday, October 26, and Prohibition was sanctioned.
Minute by minute, with Quintana Roo time (GMT-5)
11:30 (16:30 GMT): The governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquín, informed via Twitter that the evictions of Banco Chinchorro are taking place in Othón P. Blanco, Punta Allen in Tulum, as well as in Isla María Elena and Punta Herrero in Felipe Carrillo Puerto. . He explained that Zeta will be in the organization for six or seven hours, and asked not to panic or fill the fridge.
“We can lose electricity during the #Zeta stage and hours later. Drink water daily and canned food, ”he recommended on the social network.
10:15 (15:15 GMT): Tropical storm Zeta continues to approach the coast of Quintana Roo and is already 230 kilometers from the island of Cozumel, where it would impact around 6 pm, according to the current forecast of the trajectory.
At the moment, the cyclone maintains the intensity of its maximum sustained winds, which were hitting with a force of 110 kilometers per hour, but should continue to strengthen and become a hurricane at around 12 pm on Monday.
According to the National Meteorological Service (SMN), its wide bands of clouds will leave intense and occasional torrential rains throughout the day in Yucatán and Quintana Roo, where up to 250 liters per square meter can fall. It will also generate very heavy rains in Chiapas, with records of up to 150 l / m2. Campeche will not escape storms and there are expected to accumulate 50 to 75 l / m2, while in Tabasco up to 50 l / m2 are expected.
In relation to wind conditions, very strong gusts are expected, from 130 to 150 km / h, on the north coast of Quintana Roo and in the maritime area of east Yucatan. The waves, in turn, will measure up to 7 meters in the center and north of Quintana Roo and between two and four meters, in the second entity.
For all these reasons, the weather agency keeps the alerts it issued at 05:00 in the morning.
09:00 (14:00 GMT): At a news conference, the head of the Quintana Roo government, Carlos Joaquín, explained that the tropical storm Zeta will become a hurricane around 12 noon on Monday, October 26 (local time).
In addition, it revealed that the National Meteorological Service (SMN) expects the center of the system to reach the island of Cozumel at around 6 pm. Afterwards, he will return to the sea to continue his journey to the continent, and It will impact south of Puerto Aventuras, close to the Xpu Ha area – a few kilometers from Playa del Carmen-.
Despite current forecasts, Carlos Joaquín insisted that the displacement may still show minor changes, so he urged the population to follow the information conveyed by official channels.
08:23 (13:23 GMT): Faced with the threat of the tropical storm Zeta, the National Civil Protection Coordination triggered an orange alert, or high danger due to the approach of the cyclone, in the east and north of Quintana Roo, as well as in the north, center, northeast and east of Yucatan.
In addition, it also enacted a yellow warning, or moderate danger, in the west and center of Quintana Roo, and in the west, northwest and south of Yucatán.
07:00 (12:00 GMT): Zeta has moved away from national territory and is only 285 kilometers southeast of Cozumel. So far, it maintains its intensity as a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 km / h and more violent gusts of up to 140 km / h.
According to the SMN, its cloud bands will leave intense spot rains (from 75 to 150 liters per square meter) in Chiapas, Yucatán and Quintana Roo throughout the morning of Monday, October 26, in addition to very occasional rains (from 50 to 75 liters / m2) in Campeche.
In addition, in the coastal areas of Yucatan and Quintana Roo, gusts of 50 to 60 kilometers per hour and waves of 2 to 3 meters high are expected.
05:00 (10:00 GMT): Tropical storm Zeta is located about 340 kilometers from the island of Cozumel. In the last few hours, he left his stationary position and began to advance in the northwest direction, towards the Yucatán Peninsula, at about 13 kilometers per hour.
According to the report of the National Meteorological Service (SMN), the system has strengthened rapidly and already reaches maximum winds of 110 kilometers per hour, that is, almost the strength of a hurricane, with stronger gusts reaching 140 km / h .
The cyclone’s broad cloud bands will generate occasional heavy rains throughout the morning in Quintana Roo, and adverse maritime conditions in that entity and also, in the state of Yucatan, with waves of up to two meters and intense gusts of 60 kilometers per hour. . Given the cyclone’s imminent arrival, the SMN issued the following alerts:
Hurricane prevention zone: from Tulum, Quintana Roo, to Dzilam, in Yucatán, -including the island of Cozumel, Q. Roo-.
Tropical storm wind prevention zone: from Punta Allen to Tulum, in Quintana Roo, and from Dzilam to Progreso, in Yucatán.