The storm Tropical Ganma strengthens further as it approaches the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, where it will make landfall this Saturday with maximum sustained winds of about 100 kilometers per hour (65 miles per hour).
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) indicated in its latest bulletin, issued at 8 a.m. local time (12 noon GMT), that the meteorological phenomenon was about 65 kilometers (40 miles) south-southeast of Tulum (Mexico) and is heading northwest at 15 kilometers per hour, although it will slow down slightly in the coming hours.
This direction will make it hit the Yucatan coast throughout this Saturday and be located on the north coast of this Mexican peninsula on Sunday.
And it will make landfall with winds exceeding 100 km / h recorded by the US “hurricane hunter” plane, although the tropical storm will subsequently begin to weaken before entering the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday afternoon.
However, the forecasters’ forecast suggests that Ganma, whose tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 130 kilometers from its center, would not pick up much force once back over the sea.
Thus, Ganma would only generate maximum sustained winds of up to 80 kilometers per hour after it leaves the Gulf of Mexico again, so its greatest danger will not be in the winds but in the rains.
“The greatest threat from this large, slow storm is potential heavy rain and flooding, particularly near and over mountainous terrain,” the NHC warned.
This threat looms over part of the Yucatán Peninsula, the western tip of Cuba, and the Mexican states of Campeche, Tabasco, and northern Chiapas.
With two months to go until the end of the 2020 hurricane season (November 30), 23 named storms have formed, lending credence to the “extremely active” 2020 season forecast by the National Oceans and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). ) from USA
NOAA forecasts between 19 and 25 named tropical storms this year, which means they have winds of 63 kilometers per hour, of which seven to eleven could become hurricanes, with winds of 119 kilometers per hour, with up to six very powerful .
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