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Grace weakens to a tropical storm but is expected to hit Mexico again as a hurricane

This second landing is scheduled for Friday evening or Saturday morning along the Mexican coast west of the Yucatan Peninsula. The storm will remain well south of Texas, so little to no impact is expected in the Americas.

A new hurricane warning has been issued along the Mexican mainland coast from Puerto Veracruz to Cabo Rojo. Late Thursday afternoon, the storm was 50 miles northeast of Campeche, with winds of 50 mph.

The east coast of Yucatán, including Cancun, Cozumel and Punta Herrero, has been under hurricane warning since Tuesday due to Grace’s improved organization as she headed west, hitting Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Meanwhile, heavy rains are expected through Friday over north-central parts of the Yucatan Peninsula and are likely to result in areas of flash and urban flooding.

And in central and northern Veracruz, northern Puebla and in Hidalgo, 6 to 12 inches of rain – with a maximum of 18 inches – is expected from Friday to Sunday. This can lead to sudden and urban flooding, and could also produce mudslides.

A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels along the coast of mainland Mexico around the area where the center makes landfall by early Saturday. And great destructive waves are expected with the surge.

Hotels and businesses prepare for the storm

At least 125 tourists were evacuated from hotels and taken to shelters before Grace landed, Quintana Roo state governor Carlos Joaquín González said Wednesday evening.

“In Tulum, hotels have been evacuated and tourists taken to different hotel shelters,” González said on Twitter.

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Work-related activities in Quintana Roo have been suspended and local leaders have called on businesses to temporarily close and people to stay in their homes or in shelters overnight.

“Crossings from Cancún to Isla Mujeres have been suspended; all ports are already closed to navigation. Waves of up to 4 meters high are expected,” González said.

The local government has issued a red alert representing the “highest risk” for eight municipalities, including: Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Tulum, Solidaridad, Puerto Morelos, Benito Juárez, Lázaro Cárdenas, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.

CNN’s Karol Suarez, Madeline Holcombe and Judson Jones contributed to this report.

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