Hurricane Grace hit Mexico for the second time on Saturday.
By then, the storm, oscillating between a hurricane and a tropical storm, had already swept across the Yucatan Peninsula on Thursday, bringing torrential rain, massive blackouts and mass evacuations, but without causing casualties.
Grace crossed the historically significant Mayan temples of Tulum along the coast, but without causing serious property damage.
Grace turned into a tropical storm, then moved to the Gulf of Mexico. But there, Grace—which created storms in Haiti and Jamaica—gained new strength.
The President: Ask for protection
Upgraded to a hurricane — rated as a Category 3 on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale — Grace blasted off with gusts of nearly 200 kilometers per hour over the Mexican coast, near the tourist resort of Tecolutla. The government announced that at least seven people died as a result of the storm.
“I want the people of Veracruz, Puebla, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas and Hidalgo to take refuge in higher elevations with their relatives or in storm shelters,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez wrote on social media.
According to the local authorities, at least 200 different defenses against storms have been established in Veracruz and there are preparations to open another 2,000.
According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), heavy rain may fall in the next few hours, but then it is expected to weaken Grace as the storm moves over highlands inland Mexico.
The biggest danger in Massachusetts
From New York in the south to Maine in the north, residents are preparing to protect themselves from Henry, who reached hurricane strength on Saturday.
If the winds don’t calm down hard, Henry will be the first hurricane to hit the New England area in more than 30 years, with it expected to make landfall on Sunday. The danger is greater in Massachusetts.
We should all take this storm seriously. We simply don’t want anyone to be on the road when it hits, Governor Charlie Baker said at a press conference, according to the newspaper. New York times.
About 300,000 households can expect the electricity to disappear. 1,000 Massachusetts National Guard members were called in to help and beaches in the state were closed.
Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey in 2012, but no other hurricane has fallen since Bob in 1991.
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