MIAMI, Florida – After hitting the Yucatan Peninsula as a tropical storm, the Gamma system degraded to a post-tropical depression Monday night, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported.
According to the bulletin issued by the NHC on Monday at 10:00 p.m. Central Time, the post-tropical depression was about 85 miles east-northeast of Progreso, Mexico, and 125 miles northwest of Cozumel, Mexico.
The system had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, and it was moving in a southwesterly direction at a translation speed of six miles per hour.
All warnings and watches were discontinued.
The center of the depression is forecast to make landfall on the northwest coast of the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday, and remain in the northern portion of that region until dissipating on Wednesday.
Similarly, Gamma is expected to gradually weaken and degenerate into a post-tropical remnant Monday night.
Images of this Wednesday, September 16 in Gulf Shores, Alabama after the passage of the storm.
Tropical Storm Gamma left at least six dead and more than 3,600 evacuated as it passed through southeastern Mexico, where it caused landslides, street flooding and damage to an area of tourist areas, Mexican authorities reported Sunday.
The country’s National Coordination of Civil Protection indicated in a statement that among the deceased are two women and two children from a mountainous community in the state of Chiapas, who died due to the landslide of a slope on their home.
The other two deaths were in the state of Tabasco, where one person was dragged by the water and another, confirmed by this department late Sunday, died of drowning.
Throughout the weekend, the combination of Gamma with cold fronts caused extraordinary rains in many parts of the Yucatan peninsula and in Chiapas, affecting more than half a million people.
The worst hit state was Tabasco, where more than 3,400 were evacuated to temporary shelters.
In Quintana Roo, where the storm entered and which is home to the main tourist resorts of the Mexican Caribbean, there were just over 40,000 tourists, since due to the holiday season and the pandemic, hotels in popular destinations such as Cancun and Cozumel had an occupation around 30%.
There were also various floods, falling trees and temporary failures in communications with the islands.
The Mexican authorities continued to alert the population because the storm would continue and thus the danger of landslides and river overflows.