Hurricane Sita, the 27th hurricane of the busy Atlantic season, made landfall on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s eastern Yucatan Peninsula on Monday evening.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said winds of up to 80 mph were blowing north of Toulom.
– National Hurricane Center (HNHC_Atlantic) October 27, 2020
Until the hurricane passes, Quintana Roo state governor Carlos Joaquin has warned that “no one should take to the streets and you should not go out anymore.”
Sita was predicted to lose some strength as it passed through the peninsula before the hurricane regained strength in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.
A hurricane watch has been posted from Morgan City, Louisiana to the Mississippi-Alabama border.
Quintana Roo state officials reported 60,000 tourists. The governor said 71 shelters have been set up for tourists or needy residents but there is no need to remove guests from their hotels.
Sita broke the record for the 27th Atlantic hurricane to form on November 29, 2005. It is also the 11th hurricane this season. An average season yields six hurricanes and 12 hurricanes.
There have been a lot of storms this season, and the hurricane center had to turn to the Greek alphabet after the fixed names ran out.
Sita is the farthest in the Greek alphabet from the Atlantic season.