It will reemerge into the southern Gulf of Mexico later today, where it is expected to become a hurricane again.
A new hurricane warning has been issued along the Mexican mainland coast from Puerto Veracruz to Cabo Rojo. Landfall is forecast Friday evening along the Mexican coast. The storm will stay well south of Texas, so little if any impacts are expected to the US mainland.
The eastern coast of the Yucatán, including Cancun, Cozumel and Punta Herrero, has been under a hurricane warning since Tuesday due to Grace becoming better organized as it moved west, battering Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
Hotels and businesses brace for the storm
At least 125 tourists were evacuated from hotels and taken to shelters ahead of Grace’s landfall, Quintana Roo state Gov. Carlos Joaquín González said late Wednesday.
“In Tulum, hotels have been evacuated, and the tourists taken to different hotel shelters,” González said on Twitter.
Work-related activities in Quintana Roo have been suspended and local leaders asked businesses to shut down temporarily and for people to be in their homes or in shelters overnight.
“Crossings from Cancún to Isla Mujeres were suspended; all ports are already closed to navigation. Waves of up to 4 meters high are expected,” González said.
The local government issued a red alert representing the “highest risk” for eight municipalities, including: Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Tulum, Solidaridad, Puerto Morelos, Benito Juárez, Lázaro Cárdenas, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.