Tropical storm Gamma heads to Yucatan, Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) – The newly formed Tropical Storm Gamma heads to make landfall on Saturday in the Yucatán Peninsula, bringing torrential rains to much of southern Mexico.

A tropical storm watch was in effect for the northern half of the Caribbean coast of the peninsula, encompassing Cancun, the Riviera Maya and other resorts.

The United States National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of rain in some parts of the peninsula and in the extreme west of Cuba. The extreme northeast of the peninsula could experience rainfall of between 25 and 37.5 centimeters (10 and 15 inches).

It is possible that other parts of southern Mexico will be affected later by heavy downpours.

Gamma was located about 175 kilometers (110 miles) south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico on Friday night, and had maximum sustained winds of 65 km / h (40 mph). It was moving northwest on Friday night at 15 km / h (9 mph).

Gamma could strengthen before it makes landfall on Saturday, the Hurricane Center said.

According to the predicted trajectory, Gamma would affect the tip of the peninsula and in the next few days it may turn west-southwest into the Gulf of Mexico.

For its part, the powerful Hurricane Marie was moving across the open sea in the Pacific Ocean, although meteorologists said it will lose strength over the weekend.

Marie was a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 215 km / h (130 mph), according to the NHC. The meteor was located about 1,710 kilometers (1,065 miles) west-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula and was moving northwest at 15 km / h (9 mph).

Forecasters said the hurricane will begin to weaken Saturday without posing a danger to the mainland.

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