[13] Over 100,000 residents of the Gulf Coast, mostly in Louisiana and Mississippi, evacuated in advance of the hurricane,[14] causing heavy congestion on highways. The Yucatán Peninsula, in southeastern Mexico, separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico, with the northern coastline on the Yucatán Channel. I hate to admit it, I lost some sleep last night worried about one of my favorite places to vacation. A destructive storm with widespread impacts, Carmen originated as a tropical disturbance that emerged from Africa toward the end of August. Hurricane Irma came through Florida last night and left a TON of damage in her wake. Due to the severity of the storm, the name Carmen was retired from the list of Atlantic tropical cyclone names. Answer 1 of 2: Hope and pray everyone got through this morning safe without too much damage. [13] About 60,000 people sought shelter in facilities across the New Orleans region, according to Red Cross officials. [2] Continuing westward, the storm passed north of Swan Island later that day. [45] Another struck Kaplan, Louisiana, injuring one person. [28] More than 5,000 people in the city lost their belongings as a result of the storm. The origins of Hurricane Carmen can be traced to a weather disturbance over Africa during the middle of August 1974. The storms and the fury: 80 vintage photos of hurricane seasons past, Harricane Nears Central America; Gains in Strength, A Bullet Dodged – 1974’s Carmen and New Orleans, Communities band together to protect El Salvador’s last mangroves, With Hurricane Matthew bearing down, Tulane vs. UCF scheduling decision looming. [46] The storm's effects in Mississippi were described as minimal and were mainly confined to minor traffic accidents during bouts of heavy precipitation. Meteorologists in the United States urged those living near the coast to move inland immediately. [37] Over 60,000 electric cooperative customers lost power. Palm trees are buffeted by the winds of Hurricane Zeta in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, early Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Mobile communication units and relief teams were prepared for deployment following the storm's passage. [6], On September 1, the hurricane began to rapidly deepen over warm waters of the Caribbean Sea; by 18:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), it had strengthened to Category 4 intensity. CNN's Tom Sater reports on Hurricane Delta as it moves back into open water in the Gulf of Mexico and towards the southern coast of the United States. Cancun was supposed to be hit with a Category 4 hurricane with the potential for massive damage equivalent to Hurricane Wilma which almost decimated Cancun and the Riviera Maya in 2005. Officials in the area estimated that damage in Chetumal alone reached $8 million (1974 USD). [2] The storm then became a Category 4 hurricane again and reached its second peak intensity while located south of Louisiana; although the wind speeds were identical to that of its initial peak, the barometric pressure was slightly higher. Save. [26] However, due to a change in the naming scheme in 1979, it was not replaced by any particular name. [43] Total monetary losses in the state was estimated at $150 million. [17] Many Mississippi citizens, having experienced the destruction of Hurricane Camille just five years earlier, quickly left their coastal homes. Carmen then ended up striking the gulf of Mexico, where Forrest and Lt. Dan we're Shrimp fishing, as well as Louisiana and Alabama where the two lived and docked their boats. Hurricane Delta toppled trees and knocked out power in the resort areas of Cancun and Cozumel as the storm made landfall early Wednesday morning on the tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. [36] Nonetheless, tidal flooding from the Gulf of Mexico and coastal bodies of water was severe. The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. [3] Winds approaching gale force affected several islands. Turning northward, the storm regained hurricane strength on September 5. Zeta is leaving Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on a … [1] Moving westward, the system developed into a tropical depression on August 29, more than 200 mi (320 km) east of Guadeloupe. Before the storm's arrival, officials had set up several evacuation centers, and many residents had moved to higher ground. Hurricane Delta has made landfall south of Cancun along … [18], As a tropical depression and storm, Carmen produced moderate rainfall across Puerto Rico and the northern Lesser Antilles, peaking at 5.91 in (150 mm) in Jajome Alto, Puerto Rico. The city of Chetumal was described as a "disaster", and hundreds of people were left homeless. [4] At first, the storm's proximity to Hispaniola prevented further strengthening,[5] but by August 31, it had managed to intensify into a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale. The fishing industry also sustained major losses. [34] The hurricane's effects in Baton Rouge were confined to strewn debris and a few downed trees. National & World News | Updated 29 minutes ago. 1-10 of 10 replies Sorted by « 1 » dani122005. [20] Heavy rain fell on Hispaniola as the storm progressed westward,[21] and on Jamaica, the storm caused three drownings. MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strengthening Hurricane Delta was on a course to pass by the Cayman Islands early Tuesday before hitting Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula potentially as a … Initially threatening the major city of New Orleans, it veered westward and made landfall on the marshland of southern Louisiana, eventually dissipating over eastern Texas on September 10. [15], Hurricane warnings were issued along the coast, while Coast Guard personnel went door-to-door on Grand Isle urging residents to leave the area. [2], Initial reactions to the approaching hurricane in the Yucatán Peninsula were regarded as calm by the United States media. [16] Offshore, workers were removed from oil rigs. Playa del Carmen during Hurricane Wilma by Steve Moen. The state ordered people off the streets by 7 p.m. and landfall was expected between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen just south of Cancun early Wednesday. [19] The storm spawned a tornado on Puerto Rico and triggered flash flooding, which collectively left over $2 million in damage. Fish, shrimp and oysters also suffered the ecological effects of Hurricane Carmen. That hurricane caused more than two … Damage predictions were as high as $16 billion when it looked like the hurricane would hit at Category 4 strength. Throughout its course, the hurricane killed 8 people and caused $162 million in damage. [2], The cyclone drifted inland, deteriorating to a tropical storm on September 3. The oil and gas industry was also affected, and its estimated $24.7 million in losses resulted mainly from damage to equipment and offshore facilities. [39] After a tour of the affected area, then-Governor Edwin Edwards estimated crop damage alone at $400 million,[40] although a more recent estimate placed total agricultural damage from the hurricane at $74 million. The wave had intensified and broadened by August 25, and it eventually split into two components, the northernmost of which consolidated into an organized storm system. Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula has emerged relatively unscathed after Hurricane Delta made landfall as a Category 2 storm just south of Cancun on Wednesday. The storm diminished oil production by 1.4 million barrels when it shut down operations for 24 to 48 hours at various locations. [10] The following day, the Mexican Army rushed to set up emergency operation centers and shelters in five cities. [47] Light to moderate rainfall from the storm extended as far east as Florida and Georgia and as far west as Oklahoma and Texas. Due to the severity of the storm, the name Carmen was retired from the list of Atlantic tropical cyclone names. [3] Over northwestern Louisiana, winds ranged from 40 to 45 mph (64 to 72 km/h) and brought down several trees. The 1974 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1, 1974, and lasted until November 30, 1974. Before the storm's arrival, officials had set up several evacuation centers, and many residents had moved to higher ground. From there through the coast of southwestern Florida, small craft were advised to remain near shore due to rough seas. According to … The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Zeta came ashore just north of Tulum with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph). Upon entering the Gulf of Mexico, Carmen turned northward and re-intensified as it approached the United States. Connecticut. As of 8 pm Karisma Resorts was reporting the following (see their website: www.karismahotels.com & click on the "Hurricane Emily Advisory" link of the first page. [37], Tidal action along the coast affected the balance of salinity in coastal marshes and water bodies. [3] Contrary to its actual path, forecasters predicted the hurricane to execute an eastward swerve toward Florida. Delta made landfall Oct. 7 between Playa del Carmen and Cancun with top winds of 110 mph (175 kph). A tropical cyclone is a rapidly rotating storm system characterized by a low-pressure center, a closed low-level atmospheric circulation, strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain. The storm moved through the Caribbean Sea, and in an environment conducive to intensification, it quickly strengthened to its initial peak intensity as a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale. [22] High winds and heavy rainfall were reported there and in Cuba. [24] Killing one person in the state of Louisiana the total damage was close to an extra $175 million in cost. Carmen weakened and veered westward before landfall, ultimately striking south-central Louisiana. [37][38] A large oak tree was overturned by high winds in the town of Jeanerette in Iberia Parish. More than 39,000 people had evacuated ahead of … Tropical cyclone watches and warnings had been issued for the storm, and approximately 100,000 residents left their homes and sought shelter. [29] Throughout the Yucatán Peninsula, Hurricane Carmen claimed four lives and wrought $10 million (1974 USD) in damage. Carmen dropped moderate rainfall along its path, though the heaviest rainfall occurred well to the east of the storm's center, in southern Alabama and the northern Florida Panhandle. Tropical cyclone warnings and watches are two levels of alert issued by national weather forecasting bodies to coastal areas threatened by the imminent approach of a tropical cyclone of tropical storm or hurricane intensity. Throughout its course, the hurricane killed 8 people and caused $162 million in damage. Had the cyclone instead continued northward and traveled over Lake Pontchartrain, low-lying areas could have suffered "catastrophic" flooding. [42], The hurricane caused two fatalities in Louisiana: a utility repairman who was electrocuted while working on power lines damaged by strong winds,[40] and a motorist who was involved in a storm-related traffic accident. [2] Carmen continued to strengthen and accelerated northward towards the United States Gulf Coast,[3] reaching a forward speed of 12 mph (19 km/h); at 00:00 UTC on September 7, it once again became a Category 3 major hurricane. The storm's center passed a few miles north of Chetumal, Quintana Roo. The hurricane center said Zeta could bring 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of rain to Mexico, the Cayman Islands and parts of Cuba, before drenching the central U.S. Gulf Coast. Wilma contributed to eight deaths in Mexico – seven in Quintana Roo and one in Yucatán. Leaving Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday, Hurricane Delta left some minor damages compared to the catastrophe that expected to hit a couple of days ago. The Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale, formerly the Saffir–Simpson hurricane scale, classifies hurricanes – Western Hemisphere tropical cyclones that exceed the intensities of tropical depressions, and tropical storms – into five categories distinguished by the intensities of their sustained winds. By LUIS ANDRÉS HENAO, Associated Press. [2] As Carmen passed south of Jamaica, an eye feature briefly appeared. Just south of Puerto Morelos in Playa del Carmen, Zena Koudsi from Charlotte, North Carolina was taking a … The sudden intrusion of saltwater stressed delicate plants. In Playa del Carmen, between Tulum and Cancun, Mexican tourist Elsa Márquez held up … About 680,000 people in the state were left without power, more than were affected by Hurricane Laura. The Caribbean Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean located in the tropics of the Western Hemisphere. Crop damage in the country was reportedly severe.[32]. Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Re: Hurricane Damage . Tulum Ruins Cenote and Swimming with Turtles from Playa del Carmen. [33] In New Orleans, despite wind gusts to 72 mph (116 km/h), minimal damage was reported. (AP Photo/Tomas Stargardter) By The Associated Press | … Wilma severely eroded the beaches of eastern Quintana Roo and caused flooding in neighboring Yucatán. The disturbance traveled westward, spawning a tropical depression east of the Lesser Antilles on August 29. The storm left Mexico's popular resorts with no known deaths or major damage as of early Wednesday afternoon. Damage was lighter than first feared, but the sugar industry suffered substantial losses. Several parks in Louisiana sustained damage, either from flooding or high winds; losses to Grand Island State Park in particular totaled $114,600. A worker cleans fallen branches after Hurricane Zeta passed through Playa del Carmen, Mexico, early Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The Gulf of Mexico is an ocean basin largely surrounded by the North American continent. [9] Later on September 2, the hurricane made landfall on the Yucatán Peninsula; its northern jog spared Belize City from a direct hit. Earlier this week, Delta had grown into a Category 4 Hurricane with a projected path between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen, leaving Mayakoba in the middle of its path. [2] About a day later, Carmen emerged into the Gulf of Mexico, where it nearly stalled. As a tropical depression and storm, Carmen produced moderate rainfall across Puerto Rico and the northern Lesser Antilles, peaking at 5.91 in (150 mm) in Jajome Alto, Puerto Rico. Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified into a dangerous Category 4 storm Tuesday while on a course to hammer Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and then … [2] Due to favorable outflow from an anticyclone nearby, the depression gradually strengthened as it moved through the Lesser Antilles. It has been a brutal year for hurricanes on the U.S. Gulf Coast, which was heavily battered by Laura in September. Precipitation peaked at over 13 in (330 mm) in Atmore, Alabama. A dock is closed to the public before Hurricane Delta arrives near Playa del Carmen, Mexico, early Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. High winds and heavy rainfal… Hurricane Delta made landfall in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday as an extremely dangerous Category 2 storm, roaring ashore between Cancun and the resorts of Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. A hurricane watch was posted from Morgan City, La., to the Mississippi-Alabama state line. The depression moved westward and soon dissipated over eastern Texas. from $89.25* $119.00 . [44] One touched down near Brandon, Mississippi, destroying a barn and causing other damage. How much damage did it seem to do? [23] The hurricane damaged local reefs on the north shore of Jamaica during its passage. 51 Reviews . Mexican officials declared an emergency alert by September 2, although they did not advise any evacuations. [11] Many of the nearly 35,000 residents in and around the city of Chetumal evacuated to higher ground. A hurricane watch was posted from Morgan City, La., to the Mississippi-Alabama state line. 1. [27], Although Carmen made landfall as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, it caused significantly less damage than anticipated because it struck a sparsely populated region. Flooding on land caused some wildlife to drown. Hurricane Carmen was the most intense tropical cyclone of the 1974 Atlantic hurricane season. A powerful Hurricane Delta roared toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Wednesday, with an expected landfall near the Cancun resort that's sent thousands of tourists and residents into shelters. Hurricane Wilma directly inflicted about $4.8 billion (MXN, US$ 442 million) worth of damage, … [11] Several days later, officials in Mexico confirmed that three people had been killed by the storm. [25], Following the storm, the name Carmen was retired from the annually rotating list of hurricane names. [3] It attained tropical storm status on August 30, south of Puerto Rico,[2] and was named Carmen by the National Hurricane Center. Winds approaching gale force affected several islands. Communication with the hardest hit regions was lost following Carmen's passage; however, early reports stated that at least five people were injured. In Playa del Carmen, between Tulum and Cancun, Mexican … [19], This article is about the 1974 Atlantic hurricane. After moving ashore, the hurricane quickly lost strength and late on September 9 degenerated into a tropical depression. [35] Because Carmen moved ashore over uninhabited marshland, it caused far less damage than initially feared. [3] Early on September 2, a double eyewall appeared on satellite imagery. [10] Fearing significant loss of life and property, the Red Cross began preparations for the approaching hurricane in Belize. Damage was lighter than first feared, but the sugar industry suffered substantial losses. The disturbance moved slowly westward with little convective activity initially, although upon entering the Atlantic Ocean, it spawned a tropical wave within the Intertropical Convergence Zone. 5 posts. Hurricane Carmen was the most intense tropical cyclone of the 1974 Atlantic hurricane season. [19] Winds gusted up to 86 mph (138 km/h), and along the coast, tides ran as high as 6 ft (1.8 m) above normal. Throughout its course, the hurricane killed 8 people and caused $162 million in damage. The disturbance traveled westward, spawning a tropical depression east of the Lesser Antilles on August 29. Carmen moved ashore on the Yucatán Peninsula, where, despite striking a sparsely populated region, it caused significant crop damage and killed several people. The storm moved through the Caribbean Sea, and in an environment conducive to intensification, it quickly strengthened to its initial peak intensity as a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale. In total, the storm inundated 2,380,500 acres (963,400 ha) of land in Louisiana, including 742,300 acres (300,400 ha) in Terrebonne Parish and 590,000 acres (240,000 ha) in Plaquemines Parish. Freshwater flooding was less extreme. The storm spawned a tornado on Puerto Rico and triggered flash flooding, which collectively left over $2 million in damage. Carmen moved ashore on the Yucatán Peninsula, where, despite striking a sparsely populated region, it caused significant crop damage and killed several people. 12 Due to the severity of the storm, the name Carmen was retired from the list of Atlantic tropical cyclone names. [31] One person was killed off the coast of Belize after being washed off his boat by large swells produced by Carmen. 15 years ago. The storm's greatest impact was the loss of sugar cane crops in Louisiana. [37] The sugar cane crop was crucial to the country's sugar supplies, rendering the losses "doubly bad",[40] and sugar futures rose drastically after the storm. 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[12], Although it initially threatened the United States city of New Orleans, the hurricane turned west prior to making landfall and spared the area from severe damage. Three other fishermen were listed as missing following similar incidents. [7] Carmen's forward movement gradually slowed as the storm took a west by north direction,[8] and it reached its initial peak intensity with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph (240 km/h), accompanied by a central barometric pressure of 928 mbar (hPa; 27.4 inHg). All guests were relocated to the city of Merida, … [41] Other crops damaged by Carmen included soybeans, rice, and cotton. In Playa del Carmen, between Tulum and Cancun, Mexican tourist Elsa Marquez held up … Initially threatening the major city of New Orleans, it veered westward and made landfall on the marshland of southern Louisiana, eventually dissipating over eastern Texas on September 10. Tropical cyclone watches and warnings had been issued for the storm, and approximately 100,000 residents left their homes and sought shelter. [30], Following Carmen's passage, officials feared the worst for an area of 1,000 mi2 (2,590 km2) where communication was lost in Belize. An estimated 308,000 acres (125,000 ha) of sugar cane in 16 parishes was damaged, and about 20 percent was completely ruined. CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Delta made landfall Wednesday just south of the Mexican resort of Cancun as an extremely dangerous Category 2 storm, downing trees and knocking out power along the northeastern coast of Yucatan Peninsula, but … A hurricane watch was posted from Morgan City, La., to the Mississippi-Alabama state line. However, torrential rainfall from the storm inundated farmland across the region, ruining rice crops. [3] Overall, the hurricane spawned four confirmed tornadoes. Upon entering the Gulf of Mexico, Carmen turned northward and re-intensified as it approached the United States. Hurricane Delta made landfall just south of the Mexican resort of Cancun on Wednesday, downing trees and knocking out power along the northeastern coast of … A destructive and widespread storm, Carmen originated as a tropical disturbance that emerged from Africa toward the end of August. Heavy rain fell on Hispaniola as the storm progressed westward, and on Jamaica, the storm caused three drownings. [2] Atmospheric steering currents became increasingly weaker, and Carmen slowed to a drift. Thousands of people moved from coastal areas inland to escape the storm. A reconnaissance task force was sent out from Belize City the day after Carmen made landfall to assist any residents stranded by the storm. 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