Mexico, Nov 13 (EFE) .- The entry into Mexico of a cold front, the 13th of the season, as well as the displacement in the Caribbean Sea of tropical storm Iota have put the Mexican authorities on alert this Friday, which they asked citizens to take precautions.
These meteorological phenomena come after the devastating floods that left at least 27 dead in the southeast of the country.
Cold front 13 is the front part of a polar air mass, which causes a drop in temperature in the area through which it passes.
“Its air mass will travel across the north, northeast, center, east and southeast of Mexico, where it will cause a drop in temperature, strong gusts of wind and an increase in rainfall,” said authorities at a distance press conference. National Meteorological Service (SMN).
In addition, it will cause strong to intense freezing spells on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the isthmus and the Gulf of Tehuantepec.
Simultaneously, depression number 31 in the Caribbean became tropical storm Iota this Friday, which threatens to bring dangerous winds, storm surge and abundant rains to Central America starting next Sunday night, indicated the National Hurricane Center (NHC ) from the United States.
Civil Protection of Mexico reported that this storm “will continue its displacement and could interact with the next cold front that will enter the national territory in the coming days.”
“The population is invited to stay informed,” he added.
The general coordinator of the SMN, Jorge Zavala, predicted that this Saturday there will be winds with gusts of 50 to 60 km / h in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas and in the Gulf of Tehuantepec, as well as minimum temperatures of -5 to 0 degrees Celsius with frosts in mountainous areas of Chihuahua and Durango.
In addition, he announced that the accumulated total of rain for the next five days could be higher than 300 millimeters in Veracruz and northern Oaxaca; greater than 200 millimeters in areas of Tabasco and the north and east of Chiapas.
He stressed that in some areas the rains will be with electric shocks and gusts of strong to intense winds during storms.
In her turn, the director of the National Water Commission (Conagua), Blanca Jiménez, emphasized that these rains “could generate an increase in the flow of rivers and streams, as well as floods in low-lying areas, with the possibility of landslides. and damage to roads and highway sections “.
He specified that Conagua “maintains special vigilance in the rivers, dams and localities that are in the zone of intense rains. This is the case of Campeche, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Tamaulipas and Veracruz.”
In Mexico, in recent days, tropical cyclone Eta and cold front number 11 left huge amounts of rain in southeastern Mexico, where thousands of families from the states of Chiapas and Tabasco abandoned their homes after the tragic rains that have hit the region leaving strong floods and causing at least 27 deaths.