Riviera Maya After Hurricane Delta - Bob

October 15, 2020

The BBC reported the following:

Hurricane Delta makes landfall on Mexico's coast

BBC Weather's Stav Danaos looks at the impacts and the forecast track of Hurricane Delta over the coming days.

Hurricane Delta has made landfall near Puerto Morelos on Mexico's Caribbean coast.

The hurricane has weakened to a Category 2 storm with winds of 175km/h (110mph).

The US National Hurricane Center has warned of life-threatening storm surges and strong winds.

It said the weather was deteriorating quickly over the north-eastern Yucatán coast, an area popular with tourists from Mexico and abroad.

Thousands of tourists and residents have moved into shelters for safety.

Delta is the 26th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which typically runs from June to November, and has had an unusually high number of storms this year.

A hurricane warning is in effect between Dzilam and Tulum, including Cozumel.

Torrential rains have been forecast for the states of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatán.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm surge could raise water levels along the northern part of the Yucatán Peninsula by between 2.4m and 3.7m (8-12ft). It says large and destructive waves are expected along the coast.

The busy hurricane season about to 'go Greek'
More than 150 shelters have opened their doors to people seeking refuge from the storm in the resort of Cancún.

The head of the area's hotel association, Roberto Citrón, told AFP news agency that "to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the same measures have been taken in the shelters as in hotels, such as the use of gel and face masks".

Tourists rests on the floor of the Cancun Convention Center, turned into an evacuation center, ahead of the arrival of Delta hurricane, in the touristic city of Cancun, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, late 06 October 2020.

Oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico have also told non-essential staff to evacuate their offshore platforms and Mexican ports have been closed along its eastern coast.
Bob was in Riviera Maya during the storm and took photos of the aftermath. Interestingly, most of the damage came in the form of broken limbs. Vidanta personnel likely have cleaned up the damage by now. Here are photos taken by Bob:

Hurricane Delta damage on elevated walkways.

Reviewing the damage after Delta passed.

Broken limbs along the elevated walkway.

More damage along the elevated walkway.

Walkway to the beach.

The Vidanta Beach after Hurricane Delta passes.

Looking down the beach after Hurricane Delta passed.

A portion of the pier was damaged by waves caused by Hurricane Delta.

Hurricanes cause damage. Delta landed about 10 miles north of Vidanta Riviera Maya at Pureto Morelos. Luckily, damage does not appear to be significant. Thank you Bob for your photo update.
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