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Cristobal moves on, but rain will continue in Yucatan

Airlifts bring supplies to isolated areas

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Food and first aid is sent by state helicopters to a community in the south isolated after the storm. Photo: Courtesy

Tropical Storm Cristobal has left the building.

Hours ago, the raging weather system headed north toward the United States, leaving unsettled skies in Yucatan.

Dry air at high levels of the atmosphere integrated into its circulation, causing the system to lose intensity on Friday, so its exit was less fierce than predicted in many local areas.

Although not nearly as intense, scattered rain and thunderstorms will continue Saturday and heat will rise, said meteorologist Juan Antonio Palma. Expect highs today around 35C / 95F.

It will be breeze as well. Winds could reach 80 kmh / 50 mph on the coasts of Quintana Roo. On the western coasts of the Peninsula, winds could exceed 60 kmh / 37 mph.

Two state-owned helicopters loaded with 700 kilos of food, water and first aid were headed to Tekax, one of the hardest-hit areas, where roads were impassible.

The helicopters left the state government hangar at the Merida Airport just after 9 a.m. Saturday.

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