He Hurricane Zeta, which carries maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (80 m / h), will make landfall at some point in the eastern part of the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula in the coming hours of this Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States in its most recent bulletin.
At 7:00 pm local time (00:00 GMT), its center was located 70 kilometers (45 miles) south-southeast of the Cozumel island.
Zeta, the eleventh hurricane of the season, it was moving at that time at 19 kilometers per hour (12 mph) in a northwest direction, after having been almost stationary on Sunday as a storm.
On the predicted trajectory, the center of Zeta will pass near or over the north of the Yucatan Peninsula at the end of the day today and will move over the south of the Gulf of mexico on Tuesday. A day later it will approach the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, according to the bulletin issued at 18:00 GMT.
The Government of Mexico has issued a hurricane warning from the south of Tulum to Punta Allen, on the east coast of Yucatán, and from the west of Dzilam to Progreso, on the north coast of the peninsula. The coasts of the Mexican Caribbean They have been put on a red alert this Monday against hurricane Zeta, category 1.
All activities are suspended
With the red alert, which will be in force in the northern area of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, work activities are suspended and the most vulnerable areas are evicted, in addition to some economic constraints.
At least 56 municipalities in the neighboring state of Yucatan They are on orange alert (high danger) and 47 more are in yellow (moderate danger) given what is expected to be the trajectory of Zeta, which will cross the Caribbean peninsula to the Gulf of Mexico.
Third in a month
Zeta is the third meteorological phenomenon which will affect the Mexican coasts of the Caribbean in less than a month, after the passage of Tropical Storm Gama on October 3 and Hurricane Delta, four days later.
The speed of this system is expected to increase in the coming days as it veers north and will increase again when it turns north-northeast on Wednesday. Louisiana, Mississipi and Alabama, south of the United States, are in the Zeta track cone, according to NHC charts.
The route of this hurricane is being the most frequent in this active hurricane season, which already has 28 named tropical storms and eleven hurricanes with more than a month to go before it officially ends (November 30).
Zeta will produce rains in the Yucatan, the Cayman Islands and central and western Cuba and in the coming days in the central part of the US coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the valley of Tennessee, the southern part of the Appalachians and the states of the central strip of the east coast of the USA. In the hurricane warning area, add wind and storm surge of one to three feet (0.30 to 0.90 meters).