He hurricane delta, what this Tuesday it reached category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, it will affect western Cuba with heavy rains and winds in the coming hours. Rainfall is already beginning to register in some areas of the Isle of Youth and the western provinces.
The meteorological phenomenon has sustained winds of 215 km / h, with higher gusts, and moves with a travel speed of 26 km / h. Its center is currently located 365 km south of Punta del Este and 490 km southeast of Cozumel.
Due to the proximity to Cuban territory and the forecast of movement of the meteorological event, the Civil Defense decided to establish the Cyclonic Alert Phase for Pinar del Río, Artemisa and the Isla de la Juventud Special Municipality from 08:00 hours this Tuesday.
The Civil Defense has also issued a warning of “strong swells on the southern western coast with light flooding in the Canarreos archipelago and the Isle of Youth”, and specifies that “The floods can be moderate in the Guanahacabibes peninsula.”
In its Tropical Cyclone Warning no. 9 at 12:00 pm (local time) the Institute of Meteorology (INSMET) specifies that “the clouds and rainfall that accompany hurricane Delta have begun to affect Isla de la Juventud and the western end of Pinar del River”.
He adds that these rains “will spread to the rest of the western region in the course of the afternoon with numerous rains, showers and thunderstorms, which can be strong and intense in some locations, mainly in Isla de la Juventud, Pinar del Río and Sagebrush”.
It is also expected that From the afternoon of this Tuesday the force of the winds will increase in the Isle of Youth and the western end of Pinar del Río, with speeds between 40 and 55 km / h and higher gusts, which will gradually spread to the southern coast of Pinar del Río and Artemisa.
The forecast indicates that in the next 12 to 24 hours, Hurricane Delta will maintain a west-northwest course towards the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico, with a similar speed of translation.
Oceanic and atmospheric conditions remain favorable for Hurricane Delta to continue strengthening in the Caribbean Sea south of the western region of Cuba, which is why INSMET calls to “pay special attention to its evolution and future trajectory.”