Progreso, Yucatán — Since it was erected eight years ago to honor the pulpo trade, the “El Ceviche” statue has had a rough time.
First, its seductive mermaid was abducted. And on Friday, the first official day of hurricane season, what was left of the monument to sailors was hit by lightning and toppled.
A squall hit Progreso during the afternoon, accompanied by electrical storms and a torrential downpour that flooded numerous streets of the city.
Neighbors said they saw a bolt hit “El Ceviche,” which sat in the center of the roundabout at Calle 138 and 37 in the port side’s western Nueva Yucalpetén neighborhood.
Residents reportedly stayed inside during the storm as a precaution against the lightning.
“El Ceviche” depicted a giant octopus fabricated in fiberglass. It was originally adorned by the figure of a bare-breasted young woman representing a mythical mermaid.
In addition, the winds knocked down low-voltage cables at various points of the city and the Yucalpetén fisheries’ freezer area, according to municipal police.
The torrential downpour lasted an hour, starting at 4:30 p.m.. Several vehicles were trapped in the flooded arteries at the entrance and exit of the port city.
Lightning strikes damaged electronic equipment and knocked out internet service.
Humidity and temperatures up to 37C/99F will continue today and Sunday, with more rainfall also expected.
Source: Diario de Yucatán