PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Q. Roo.- Mayan God of Rain Chaac paralyzed sales on Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen Thursday Nov. 5, decreasing demand by up to 20 percent, due to the tropical disturbance which is located east-southeast of Chetumal and is causing torrential rains in Quintana Roo. The storm could become a tropical cyclone, according to weather experts.
The meteorologist of Municipal Coordination of Civil Protection, Luis Antonio Morales Ocaña, said that the National Hurricane System remains vigilant regarding the behavior of this tropical disturbance, which already has 20 percent chance of becoming a cyclone in the next 48 hours.
“This low pressure system and instability or so-called tropical disturbance which is located east-southeast of Chetumal and has 20 percent chance of evolving into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring it,” he said.
Ocaña Morales said the National Weather Service had only detected the tropical wave, but now the Hurricane Center sent a “severe weather warning for heavy rain.”
It will come to Quintana Roo
The weatherman said that currently an area of instability in the southern part of the coast of Quintana Roo is interacting as tropical wave number 45 which is opposite to our shores, estimated it will come to Quintana Roo tonight or in the early hours of this Friday”.
However, the cyclone evolution is not a fact, because “there is a probability that the tropical disturbance will clash with the cold front number 11, which is already crossing the country and interact in the Gulf of Mexico and not favor any cyclonic situation, the trend of decreasing cloudiness.”.
The beaches are empty
Meanwhile, the beaches looked deserted because of the persistent rain that was recorded Thursday, as merchants saw a sharp decline in sales, from 40 percent during the low season, to 20 percent due to the rains.
However, tourists continued strolling on Fifth Avenue, some with raincoats and umbrellas.
While agencies selling diving tours closed early Thursday, masseurs along Fifth Avenue took the opportunity to sell passing tourists some relaxation.
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