HURRICANE DELTA CANCUN

Last Updated: October 9th, 2020

HURRICANE DELTA DOWNGRADES TO CATEGORY 2

Hurricane Delta made its way through Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel these past days. Luckily, when hitting Puerto Morelos, the storm downgraded to Category 2, causing only minor damages in Mexican territory. The local government of Quintana Roo took all the precautions and measures, and began the cleaning and reopening process, restoring most of the activities to normality.

Impact of Hurricane Delta on Tourism

Cancun Hotels

Hotels

Most hotels are operating with existing and new reservations. Hotel guests that were temporarily moved to shelters are now returning to their hotels. Some amenities might still be temporarily closed.

Cancun Ferry

Ferries

Ferry operations have officially resumed. Winjet is operating the routes of Cozumel – Playa del Carmen, while Ultramar is covering Puerto Juarez – Isla Mujeres. Stay updated via social media to know their latest updates and current itinerary.

Cancun International Airport

Airports and Ports

The Cancun International Airport remains open, and operating on a regular basis. Ports and Marinas are also resuming operations.

Cancun Tours & Activities

Tours & Activities

Water Activities and most tours have been cancelled and will be rescheduled, with many reopenings starting this Friday October 9th, including the Mayan Ruins of Tulum. Coba Ruins site will remain closed until further notice.

If you had any activities scheduled for the upcoming days, don't worry. You can easily reschedule your tours, and we can help you make all the changes you need, free of charge. Contact us at 1-877-446-8971, and we'll gladly help you.

Hurricane Delta's Path: Map

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We are grateful that no major damages have been reported in Quintana Roo, and that all authorities have done a remarkable job with preventive measures to avoid any unpleasant situation for their citizens and visitors.

Luis Alberto Ortega, Director of the National Center of Communications and Operations from Civil Protection, reported on Wednesday morning that as a preventive form, they have evacuated more than 39,000 people including tourists and local people between the states of Quintana Roo and the Yucatan, he added that this evacuation was coordinated and supported by Armed Forces and the National Guard.

The director also confirmed that the current damages caused by Hurricane Delta are mostly fallen trees, power loss, light flooding, and some damages in the facades or signs of certain buildings. In Cancun, there was a power loss during the day, which was fully restored by the end of the day. Cozumel also experienced some minor flooding and fallen trees.

Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, the Governor of the State of Quintana Roo, reported that there are no serious accidents and that most tourists who had been evacuated are already returning to their hotels.

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HURRICANE DELTA EVOLUTION

Hurricane Delta's course started in the Central Caribbean and is currently in Mexico with the expectation of heading to The United States.

Timeline
  • October 4
    Started as a cyclone over the Central Caribbean and upgraded to a Tropical Depression.
  • October 5
    The Depression got stronger turning into a Tropical Storm called Delta, which on this same Monday by night got classified as a Hurricane, being the 25th named storm of 2020.
  • October 6
    Winds got stronger with a speed of 130 mph, becoming a Category 4 hurricane based on the National Hurricane Center.
  • October 7
    Hurricane Delta lost strength, downgrading from a Category 4 to a Category 2 storm when landfalling on the Yucatan peninsula this Wednesday. It is expected to head to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week.
  • October 8
    Hurricane Delta continued as a category 2 storm passing over the Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to landfall on Friday to the northern Gulf Coast of the United States, specifically in Louisiana.
  • October 9
    Delta maintains its course over the Gulf of Mexico, and it is forecast to landfall on Louisiana this Friday night as a category 3 storm.

Predictions

Delta's course is close to entering the Gulf of Mexico by the end of this week, and then heading to The United States. According to The National Hurricane Center's update, it is expected that this hurricane will arrive on Friday in Louisiana, U.S, with a possibility of gaining some intensity when reaching the city.

In regard to Yucatan Peninsula, The National Coordination of Civil Protection mentioned on their social media profiles that according to the intense storms and strong winds, the levels of rivers and water may increase, flooding some lower areas of the region, but with no major damages. They asked people to follow preventive measures in order to keep themselves safe.

Source: Historic storm

Hurricane Delta FAQs

There is no reason to cancel your trip to Cancun in the next days or weeks. Thankfully the city didn't suffer any major damages, so a few days of cleaning and we will be ready to welcome you. Many activities will reopen later this week, and even if some water activities might take a little longer, there's plenty to do in Cancun. Contact us for more information on the tours currently running.

If your tour gets cancelled, don't worry. You can reschedule free of additional charges for any other date. If it's not possible to reschedule, you can also cancel your tour. Contact us for more information.

Yes, the Cancun Airport is open and operating as usual.

Luckily, the city didn't suffer any major damage. When Hurricane Delta hit the ground, it lost strength and became a Category 2 storm. The damages include fallen trees, electrical poles, branches, some signs, and some flooding in certain areas. No big infrastructure damages have been reported so far.

According to the Saffir-Simpson scale, a category 2 Hurricane ranges winds between 96 and 110 mpg. It is not the highest or most harmful category of hurricanes, however there is a bigger risk of injury or damage, due to the strong winds. There is also a risk of power loss in these kinds of phenomena.

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