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Peninsula on alert for the arrival of powerful ‘Cordonazo de la Santa Cruz’

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In 2019 the “cordonazo” wreaked havoc on Progreso and other coastal communities, causing flooding and toppling palm trees and thatch structures. Photo: Courtesy.

The powerful squall known locally as the “Cordonazo de la Santa Cruz” is expected to hit the Yucatán Peninsula.

Meteorologists say that the annual weather event is likely to hit this weekend and bring with it strong gusts of wind, a good amount of rain, and even hail. 

“It is likely that the Cordonazo de Santa Cruz will bring with it the last cold front of the year, though there is still a possibility that another could arrive during the second week of May,” said a meteorologist, Juan Vázquez Montalvo. 

According to current models the state of Campeche will be hit the hardest in the Laguna de Términos region near Ciudad del Carmen.

It is unlikely that Mérida will see much more than a little rain, but civil protection authorities have warned that people should be on alert nevertheless. 

Earlier: Forecasters predict another horrifying hurricane season on the Atlantic

Regional port authorities along the coast are recommending that fishermen exercise extreme caution and prepare to secure their vessels. 

The weather phenomena is caused when cold fronts from the north make contact with the extremely hot and humid May air.

The annual storm gets its name because it typically coincides with the Fiesta de la Santa Cruz — an annual festivity observed by people working in the construction industry. 

In previous years the squalls have ripped through coastal communities such as Progreso, and Yucalpetén — where several boats run the risk of being yanked from their moorings. The worst of the storms normally last only about 30 minutes.

Last year the storm missed its mark, making 2020 an even more anomalous year than it already was. 

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