Published On: Thu, Oct 8th, 2020

This is what Cancun looks like after Hurricane Delta

After a tense night, due to the arrival of hurricane “Delta”, the city woke up with minor damage and the good spirits of its residents, who work to raise branches and fallen trees.

After passing "Delta", Cancun wakes up disheveled but standing up
Photo: Adriana Varillas / EL UNIVERSAL

“We expected the hurricane to be stronger, but it did not get older”

Cancun.- After a tense night, due to the arrival of hurricane “Delta”, this city – one of the main tourist destinations in the country – woke up with minor damage and the good spirits of its inhabitants, who feared widespread floods, such as those left by Hurricane Wilma in 2005, but fortunately, it was not the case.

Delta made landfall in Puerto Morelos at 5 am this Wednesday as a category 2 hurricane, according to information from the National Water Commission .

In a tour carried out by EL UNIVERSAL, it was possible to see that in the hotel zone there were few people in the streets and palm trees on the ground, but it was possible to walk without problems.

61c8c0b4-f852-4c1d-b291-5aa579bfc126.jpg Photo: Adriana Varillas / EL UNIVERSAL

An American tourist from Montana who was transferred to the shelter installed in the Cancun Convention Center said she was grateful for the attention they received, that during the passage of the hurricane they were totally safe and protected and yesterday afternoon she hoped to return to her hotel soon to continue with her vacation.

In Punta Cancún, the heart of the tourist area, business facades such as restaurants, bars, cafes and nightclubs were seen with some damage, some with destroyed canopies and others with superficial damage to the facades, but the main structures were maintained intact.

In the rest of the city, residents were working to lift fallen branches and trees left by the hurricane, to clear streets and cables blown by the winds.

The governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquín González, reported that there was a white balance in the state, with no reports of fatalities or injuries, and only damage to infrastructure.

The biggest problem for the city was the lack of electricity. According to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), some 260,000 total users in Cancun (33%) were without electricity and work was being done to restore service as soon as possible.

cancun_0.jpg Photo: Xinhua

An intermittent cell phone and internet service was also reported, whose service was more stable in the hotel zone. Fixed telephony also presented problems.

For its part, the Ministry of Communications and Transportation announced the resumption of traffic in the Cancun Tulum corridor, and the airport was expected to restart operations at 3:00 p.m. this Wednesday.

cancun2.jpg Photo: Xinhua

Source: El Universal



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