Delta. (EFE Agency)
Miami – Tropical storm Delta became a hurricane this Monday in Caribbean waters near Jamaica and heading for the Yucatan Channel, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km / h), reported the National Hurricane Center (NHC ) American.
At 8:00 pm its center was located 150 miles (245 kilometers) south-southwest of the city of Negril (Jamaica) and 220 miles (355 kilometers) south-southeast of the island of Grand Cayman.
According to the NHC forecast, the center of Delta is expected to pass to the southwest of the Cayman Islands this Tuesday morning and approach the northeast part of the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula also on Tuesday but at night.
Likewise, the Miami-based observatory indicates that this hurricane is expected to move over the southern Gulf of Mexico between Tuesday night and early Wednesday.
There is an active hurricane warning for the Cuban province of Pinar del Río (the westernmost province of the island), and in Mexico for the coastal zone of Tulum, Río Lagartos and Cozumel.
Further rapid strengthening is expected over the course of Tuesday and Delta to become “a major hurricane” as it approaches the Yucatan Peninsula.
If it follows the path predicted by the NHC, on Friday it will make landfall on the coasts of Louisiana and, in such a forecast, will become the first hurricane with a Greek alphabet name to reach the coasts of the United States, according to the specialized website AccuWeather .
Delta, which formed as a storm in the Caribbean south of Jamaica on Monday, has rapidly strengthened into a hurricane.
According to data from a hurricane chaser plane, Delta is moving west-northwest at 8 miles per hour (13 km / h).
For its part, the old storm Gamma, which has been dumping rains on the coasts of Mexico during the weekend and where its authorities have reported six deaths and thousands of victims after its passage, has weakened to a tropical depression this Monday and ” possibly become a post-tropical low pressure remnant tonight, ”said the NHC.
Gamma was at 9:00 pm about 115 miles (190 kilometers) east-northeast of Progreso (Mexico) and about 135 miles (215 kilometers) northwest of Cozumel.
Its winds continued to drop until it registered 35 miles per hour (55 km / h) and it was moving slowly southwest (5 miles per hour / 7 km / h).