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NOAA will become a hurricane around 12 noon this Monday (GIF: NOAA / RAMMB)

The worst predictions of meteorologists have come true. Tropical Storm Zeta left its stationary position on Sunday night and began its advance across the Caribbean Sea towards the Yucatan Peninsula.

As explained in a press conference by the governor of the state of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquín, if the planned trajectory is respected, The system will arrive this Monday, October 26 in the north of the island of Cozumel, and then it will pass through Playa del Carmen. It also warned that it will strengthen in the next few hours and is expected to hit the country as a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

“Although #Zeta is still #TormentaTropical, we need to prepare for a Category 1 hurricane. There is no need to panic or panic while shopping. We will have a lot of rains and gusts of wind between 118 and 152 km / h #JuntosSaldremosAdelante ”, the head of the state government wrote on Twitter.

Given the impact and the expected conditions, the Secretary of National Defense, the Secretary of the Navy and local authorities they began to evacuate the towns of Punta Allen, in Tulum; Isla María Elena and Punta Herrero, to Felipe Carrillo Puerto; and Banco Chichorro, in Othón P. Blanco. Work activities were also suspended from 1 am on Monday 26 October and the ban was enacted.

Minute by minute, with Quintana Roo time (GMT-5)

Updated trajectory of tropical storm Zeta (Photo: SMN / Conagua Clima)
Updated trajectory of tropical storm Zeta (Photo: SMN / Conagua Clima)

11:30 (16:30 GMT): Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquín reported via Twitter that the evictions of Banco Chinchorro are underway, in Othón P. Blanco, Punta Allen, Tulum, as well as Isla María Elena and Punta Herrero, in Felipe Carrillo Puerto. . He explained that Zeta will stay in the entity for six or seven hours and asked not to panic shopping or refill the refrigerator.

“We could lose electricity during the #Zeta phase and hours after. Drink water for a day and canned food, ”he advised on the social network.

10:15 (15:15 GMT): Tropical storm Zeta continues to approach the coast of Quintana Roo and is already 230 kilometers from the island of Cozumel, where it would impact around 18:00, according to current trajectory forecasts.

At the moment, the cyclone maintains the intensity of its maximum sustained winds, which beat with a force of 110 kilometers per hour, but is expected to continue to strengthen and become a hurricane around 12:00 on Monday.

According to the National Meteorological Service (SMN), its wide cloud belts will leave heavy and occasional torrential rains throughout the day in Yucatán and Quintana Roo, where up to 250 liters per square meter could fall. It will also generate very heavy rainfall in Chiapas, with records of up to 150 l / m2. Campeche will not escape thunderstorms and accumulations between 50 and 75 l / m2 are expected there, while in Tabasco up to 50 l / m2 are expected.

As for the wind conditions, very strong gusts are expected, from 130 to 150 km / h, on the north coast of Quintana Roo and in the maritime area of ​​eastern Yucatán. The waves, meanwhile, will measure up to 7 meters in the center and north of Quintana Roo and between two and four meters in the second entity.

For all this the climate agency keeps the alarms it issued at 05:00 in the morning.

09:00 (14:00 GMT): In a press conference, Quintana Roo’s head of government, Carlos Joaquín, explained that tropical storm Zeta will turn into a hurricane around 12 noon on Monday 26 October (local time).

Furthermore, he revealed that the National Meteorological Service (SMN) expects the system center to land on the island of Cozumel around 6:00 pm Later, it will return to sea to continue its way to the mainland, and It will hit the south of Puerto Aventuras, near the Xpu Ha area -a few kilometers from Playa del Carmen-.

Despite current predictions, Carlos Joaquín insisted that the displacement could still have minor changes, so he urged the population to keep abreast of information released by official channels.

08:23 (13:23 GMT): Faced with the threat of tropical storm Zeta, the National Civil Protection Coordination has activated an orange alert, or high danger due to the approach of the cyclone, east and north of Quintana Roo, as well as north, center, north-east and east of Yucatan.

In addition, it also issued a yellow warning, or moderate danger, to the west and center of Quintana Roo and to the west, northwest and south of Yucatán.

(Photo: EFE / Alonso Cupul / File)
(Photo: EFE / Alonso Cupul / File)

07:00 (12:00 GMT): Zeta has moved away from the national territory and is located just 285 kilometers southeast of Cozumel. So far it maintains its tropical storm intensity with sustained maximum winds of 110km / h and more violent gusts of up to 140km / h.

According to the SMN, its cloud belts will leave heavy punctual rains (75 to 150 liters per square meter) in Chiapas, Yucatán and Quintana Roo throughout the morning of Monday 26 October, as well as very heavy punctual rains (50 to 75 liters / m2) in Campeche.

Furthermore, in the coastal areas of Yucatan and Quintana Roo, gusts of 50 to 60 kilometers per hour and waves of 2 to 3 meters in height are expected.

05:00 (10:00 GMT): Tropical Storm Zeta is located approximately 340 kilometers from the island of Cozumel. In the last few hours it has left its stationary position and has begun to advance in a northwest direction, towards the Yucatan Peninsula, at approximately 13 kilometers per hour.

According to the report of the National Meteorological Service (SMN), the system has strengthened rapidly and already reaches maximum winds of 110 kilometers per hour, i.e. near-hurricane force, with stronger gusts of almost 140 km / h.

The large cloud belts from the cyclone will generate occasional heavy rain throughout the morning in Quintana Roo and adverse maritime conditions in that entity and also, in the state of Yucatan, with waves up to two meters and intense gusts of 60 kilometers per hour. . Given the imminent arrival of the cyclone, the SMN has issued the following alarms:

Hurricane wind prevention zone: from Tulum, Quintana Roo, to Dzilam, in Yucatán, -including the island of Cozumel, Q. Roo-.

Tropical storm wind prevention zone: from Punta Allen to Tulum, in Quintana Roo, and from Dzilam to Progreso, in Yucatán.

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