Mexico City: The tropical storm Jetta hit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula overnight in strong winds and heavy rain, but reportedly did not suffer significant damage before moving to the sea and the US Gulf Coast, authorities said Tuesday. The peninsula is home to popular tourist resorts such as Cancun and Tulum, and the Jetta descended to Mexico just weeks after Hurricane Delta hit the Yucatan area.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Monday that Hurricane, Jetta had been weakened by tropical storms early Tuesday. The storm is already hindering US oil installations, and is expected to be a hurricane again Tuesday for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Jetta has not caused any loss of life or other major disruptions in Cancun’s hometown of Quintana, and local airports and hospitals are operating normally, Governor Carlos Joaquin said on Twitter. The storm hit the northern shores of Oo in Quintana early Tuesday with winds of 113 km/h, NHC said.
Jetta is expected to pass through the provinces of Campeche and Tabasco, east of Mexico’s state-owned oil company Pemex’s main offshore oil platform. Pemex’s press room did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Jetta is expected to affect oil production off the Gulf Coast. Oil producer BP said Monday it had begun to evacuate its employees on Sunday and then began halting production of the Gulf of Mexico platform and assets before the arrival of the Jetta.