Hurricane Grace finally made landfall along the Yucatan Peninsula near Tulum, according to information that was passed by the National Hurricane Center. Meteorologists from AccuWeather have stated that this could be the first of the two landfalls in Mexico, while the second would take place over the weekend.
The Hurricane has been given a rating of 2 on the AccuWeather RealImpact Scale for Hurricanes, strongly due to the heavy rainfall, storm surge, and strong wind gusts, that have the ability to create flash flooding, structural damage along power outages.
Hurricane Grace Sweeping Across Mexico
Hurricane Grace previously belonged to Category 1 hurricane when it made landfall on the morning of Thursday, as it packed maximum sustained winds of around 80 mph, according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, as mentioned by the NHC.
Grace then remained a Category 1 hurricane as of 7 a.m. CDT on Thursday, where it packed sustained winds of around 75 mph, according to the NHC. The storm, at that time, was about 45 miles South- southeast of the coastal areas of Valladolid.
The meteorological reports also mentioned wind gusts up to 85 mph which had been reported near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Winds at Cancun also reported wind gusts to near 60 mph. Cancun and a vast stretch of the Yucatan Peninsula were under massive Hurricane Grace warnings on Thursday morning with Grace making landfall.
Grace also neared the criteria for rapid intensification when the maximum sustained winds of the system increased from 52 mph to 75 mph.
Hurricane Grace is quite likely to continue unleashing massive wind gusts near or above a speed of 80 mph, across several parts of the states of Quintana Roo and Yucatan on the peninsula on Thursday.