Hurricane Isidore Hits Yucatan, Killing 4, May Move North

September 23, 2002

Hurricane Isidore smashed into Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday, packing 110 mph winds and dropping 12 to 20 inches of rain in some spots. Four persons were reported killed in storm related auto accidents.

After ravaging western Cuba on Friday with heavy winds and rain, but fortunately with no fatalities or serious injuries reported, the storm moved into the Gulf of Mexico, and strengthened into a powerful category 3 hurricane as it approached the Mexican Coast.

Isidore has begun to weaken as it passes over Yucatan, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a bulletin Monday morning stating that “A turn toward the Northwest is expected in the next 24 hours.” It warned that “On this track the center is expected to move back over water later today. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 75 mph…120 Km/hr…. with higher gusts.”

There is a possibility that the storm, which will strengthen again if it moves back over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, could eventually threaten the Texas Gulf coast within the next 2 to 3 days. Isidore is the first serious storm of what up until now has been a relatively calm hurricane season.

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