Hurricane Grace News
- 08/18/2021 17:00 PM – Warning alert for Quintana Roo: ORANGE which means HIGH DANGER.
- 08/18/2021 17:15 PM – The Cancun airport authority issued a press release inviting the passengers that have flights later tonight and tomorrow, Thursday, August 19, 2021, to check directly with their airlines the status of their flights. In case of cancellation, please DO NOT GO TO THE AIRPORT since the premises are used as a shelter for hurricanes. The airport will keep open as long as the weather conditions allow operations. PDF file of the official bulletin is available to read or download below.
- 08/18/2021 19:12 – Grace is a category 1 hurricane. It has sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph) with gusts of 95 mph (155 kph). The weather has started to deteriorate in some areas due to the outer bands of the hurricane.
- 08/18/2021 19:40 – The Cancun Airport authority announced the cancellation of 66 flights to Cancun today, they were 33 arrivals and 33 departures. 48 domestic flights and 18 international flights were cancelled.It is highly recommended checking with your airline the status of your flight for tomorrow, Thursday, August 19th.
- 08/18/2021 20:30 – The government issued a minute ago the RED alert which means EXTREME DANGER.
- 08/18/2021 20:45 – The estimated area of impact could be between Playa del Carmen and Akumal according to the information that the governor broadcasted tonight.
- 08/18/2021 20:50 – All ports are closed until further notice.
- 08/18/2021 20:51 Ferry services from and to Isla Mujeres and Cozumel are closed.
- 08/18/2021 20:52 125 tourists staying in hotels of the hotel zone of Tulum were evacuated to shelters
- 08/18/2021 20:53 The hurricane could impact in the first hours of tomorrow Thursday 19th.
- 08/18/2021 20:55 No tourists are being evacuated to shelters in the Cancun area.
- 08/18/2021 21:00 No more official information from the goverment will be issued tonight.
- 08/19/2021 06.00 Grace made landfall near Tulum
- 08/19/2021 6:30 Gale force winds and rain in Cancun at this moment.
- 08/19/2021 7:00 Many airlines has cancelled flights for today.
- 08/19/2021 7:02 The airport is not operating flights at this time due to the winds and rain.
- 08/19/2021 10:00 Grace is now a tropical storm. It is now inland and heading to the Gulf of Mexico.
- 08/19/2021 10:01 The state of Quintana Roo keeps the red warning color.
- 08/19/2021 10:15 The dry law will be suspended at noon today.
- 08/19/2021 10:31 Although Grace is located at this moment at 109 miles (175 km) SW, the rain and wind continues in Cancun due to the outer bands of the storm. See video below.
- 08/19/2021 11:00 The government change the alert to ORANGE for the municipalities of Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del carmen, Cozumel and Isla Mujeres. The RED color for Tulum and Carrillo Puerto remains.
- 08/19/2021 11:10 The Cancun airport will resume normal operations shortly, no damages to the premises.
- 08/19/2021 11:12 No catastrophic damages in the area of impact. Actually, there are no fatalities reported.
- 08/19/2021 13:00 Tropical Storm Grace is gradually moving away from the coast of Quintana Roo on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.
- 08/19/2021 18:00 Grace is about to emerge to the Gulf of Mexico. The government of Quintana Roo discontinued the alerts for this state.
- 08/19/2021 18:10 NO FURTHER UPDATES OF THIS POST
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK ---------------------- At 1000 AM CDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Grace was located near latitude 20.2 North, longitude 88.8 West. Grace is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h). A general westward to west-northwestward motion is expected today, followed by a general westward to west-southwestward motion at a slower speed over the weekend. On the forecast track, Grace is expected to continue to move across the Yucatan Peninsula today, and move over the southwest Gulf of Mexico late tonight through Friday. Grace will likely make a second landfall on the mainland coast of Mexico late Friday or early Saturday. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher. Additional weakening is possible while Grace moves across land today. Re-intensification is likely after the center reaches the Gulf of Mexico. Grace is forecast to be a hurricane when it makes its second landfall on the mainland coast of Mexico late Friday or early Saturday. Rapid weakening is expected after Grace moves inland over central Mexico. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb (29.36 inches).
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