The “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Delta will arrive on the Caribbean coast of Mexico on Wednesday. The country has called up military personnel and has evacuated tourists from coastal cities like Cancun.
Hurricane Delta has grown over the Caribbean Sea into a fourth category hurricane, the second-highest category.
Wind speeds of 250 kilometres per hour were measured in the storm. The hurricane is heading for the Yucatan Peninsula, where it is expected on Wednesday, US forecasters say.
“Delta is an extremely dangerous hurricane when it makes landfall. It is a life-threatening storm with devastating waves and extreme winds and the risk of massive flash floods, reports the Miami-based Hurricane Center (NHC).
Major tourist resorts and tourist cities, including Cancun, are located along Mexico’s Riviera Maya coastline. The number of tourists is much lower than usual because of the corona pandemic.
Hotel guests in Cancun and other tourist cities have been evacuated to emergency shelters, and residents have been taken to safe areas.
In the city were queues in front of the supermarkets of people who wanted to stock up on provisions before the storm. Lines were also formed at petrol stations.