July 6, 2022

Grace crosses the coast as a Type 3 hurricane in Mexico

The National Hurricane Center said strong winds were expected in the area in the morning.

The center said heavy rains, with isolated levels of more than a foot, would bring the risk of flash floods and landslides over the weekend.

Veracruz, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, northern Querétaro and eastern San Luis Potosí can see significant flash over the weekend and urban flooding and landslides. The hurricane center forecast 18 to 18 inches of rain in those areas until Sunday.

Late on Friday, Mexico’s Civil Defense Commission in Veracruz issued an emergency notice for 22 municipalities ahead of the Grace landslide.

The announcement allows authorities to access resources to provide food, shelter and health care to affected people.

Mexican President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador said 7,829 civil defense elements, staff from the Ministry of Defense, the Navy and the Federal Electricity Authority, would stand by.

“I join the call with the people of Veracruz, Puebla, San Luis Potos, Tamilipas and Hidalgo to seek refuge in higher places with relatives and shelters set up,” Lopez Obrador said.

By Saturday morning, Grace is expected to be well inland, weakening rapidly as it moves inward.

“The latest NHC intensity forecast is expected to scatter Grace over Mexico in about 36 hours,” the forecasters said.

This is the second time Grace has attacked Mexico

Grace has already attacked Mexico once Yucatan Peninsula The wind was blowing at 80 mph before weakening to a tropical storm on Thursday.

The east coast of Yucatan, including Cancun, Gosmel and Punta Herrero, has been under hurricane warning since Tuesday, with Grace moving westward, specially organized to hit Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Earlier this week, Grace passed through Haiti, killing at least 1,941 people when a magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook the region. According to UNICEF, the quake affected about 1.2 million people, including 540,000 children.

CNN’s Carol Suarez, Jean Norman, Haley Brink, Michael Guy, Travis Caldwell and Judson Jones contributed to the report.