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Cancun drenched by 80 millimeters of rain in several hours

Cancun, Q.R. — The city of Cancun was drenched with 80 millimeters of rainfall over a seven hour period Thursday. Antonio Riveroll, the Director of Municipal Civil Protection, said that from 1:00 a.m. Thursday until 8:00 a.m., the city recorded 80 millimeters of rain.

“Eighty millimeters is much more than the capacity that often falls, over many days normally we have 17, 22, 28, so 80 is very considerable,” he stressed.

The heavy rains were caused by the entry of Cold Front No. 27. He says that the 80 millimeters received took the city by surprise since the initial forecast called for only 30 millimeters of rain.

Riveroll said that given the amount they actually received, many streets flooded including Bonampak and Huayacán Avenues and Donceles 28 and parts of central Cancun.

Many Cancun streets flooded due to the unexpected heavy rainfall. Photo: City of Cancun

Due to the flooding, different municipal agencies, including Public Services and Firefighters, were out helping to clear drains and keep roadways clear from stalled motorists.

On Thursday, schools in Holbox were closed to students and ports closed to small vessels due to the heavy rain and strong winds.

The entire region continued to experience rain into Friday. The rains finally let up Friday afternoon. While the Yucatan Peninsula does not currently have rain in the forecast, Mexico’s Servicio Meteorologico Nacional is calling for strong winds of 40 to 60 kms/h into Sunday, which will create swimming hazards along coastal areas.