The second category Delta hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean began in the area of Quintana Roo state on Mexico’s northeast coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Tracking Center reported.
“Hurricane Delta struck the northeastern coast of Mexico near (populated) Puerto Morelos at about 05.30, the Center said on Twitter.
According to available data, “Delta” is moving in a north-western direction at a speed of 28 kilometers per hour, it is 55 kilometers northeast of the island of Cossumel. The maximum wind speed reaches 185 kilometers per hour.
Authorities of Mexican states Quintana Roo and Yucatan have previously warned about the danger of heavy rainfall, rising levels of rivers and reservoirs, landslides and floods. Those who stay in their homes are advised to stop the gas and electricity supply. Airports have been shut down in the region, some of them serve as temporary shelters.
A red alert level has been declared in several districts. According to the governor of Quintana Roo Carlos Joaquin, a hurricane of such power has not been in the region for 15 years.