Samuel Case, FISM News
Hurricane Delta left a trail of toppled trees, torn roofs and downed power lines in Cancun on Wednesday. Beachside roads were flooded, small boats overturned in a marina, while roof tiles and broken glass littered sidewalks in what looked like a ghost-town early on Wednesday, with 39,000 residents and tourists mostly hidden in shelters before winds abated.
Delta had weakened to Category 2, with winds of 110 miles per hour , by the time it hit the coast close to Puerto Morelos, a fishing village popular with tourists. The storm retained a similar strength as it raked across the Yucatan peninsula, an area of jungle, Mayan ruins and modern-day Mayan indigenous towns and villages.
It was expected to gather strength again and hit the Gulf of Mexico later in the day. Its approach has prompted oil companies to shut down offshore production platforms and withdraw workers.
The National Hurricane Center issued a storm surge warning for parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Sourced from Reuters America Wire, edited for brevity