Delta's rapid intensification was the fastest in the Caribbean since Hurricane Wilma's. 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. State tourism officials said more than 40,000 tourists were in Quintana Roo, a fraction of what would normally be there. It's also the 11th hurricane of the season. Hurricane Delta has made landfall near Puerto Morelos on Mexico's Caribbean coast. The family, which lives in Miami, had been in Cancun a week and already went through Tropical Storm Gamma, which soaked the area over the weekend. CANCUN, Mexico -- Hurricane Zeta, the 27th named storm in a very busy Atlantic season, made landfall on the Caribbean coast of the eastern Yucatan … The power - and with it the air conditioning - had been knocked out early Wednesday so it was steamy as tourists used their cell phone light to get up and make their way for a first cup of coffee. There was also a Tropical Storm Zeta in 2005, but that year had 28 storms because meteorologists later went back and found they missed one, which then became an “unnamed named storm. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Delta was expected to make landfall there Friday night or Saturday morning and the entire state is in the storm's possible path. Some boats that normally carry tourists in Cancun took refuge in a nearby lagoon channel, anchored among the mangroves to avoid the battering wind, waves and storm surge. The evacuations of low lying areas, islands and the coastline expanded as Delta exploded over the warm Caribbean waters offshore. An average season sees six hurricanes and 12 named storms. Hurricane Delta slammed into Mexico’s Caribbean coast early on Wednesday packing maximum winds of 175kmph (110mph). A strengthening Tropical Storm Zeta is expected to become a hurricane Monday as it heads toward the eastern end of Mexico's resort-dotted Yucatan Peninsula and then likely move on for a possible landfall on the central U.S. Gulf Coast at midweek. Zeta is the furthest into the Greek alphabet the Atlantic season has gone. Updated on: October 7, 2020 / 9:39 AM CBS News meteorologist David Parkinson called Delta's weakening from its 145 mph peak to 110 mph  "a remarkable overnight turn of events" that could mean Yucatan is going to "dodge a major bullet.". The hurricane has weakened to a Category 2 storm with winds of 175km/h (110mph). At the Cancun Convention Center, 400 tourists from hotels and rental properties bunked for the night. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that 5,000 federal troops and emergency personnel were being made available in Quintana Roo to aid in storm efforts. The Associated Press contributed to this report. “With Delta, the gusts of wind were very strong ... the anchor lines were at risk of breaking,” Sosa Rosado said. CANCUN, Mexico -- Hurricane Zeta, the 27th named storm in a very busy Atlantic season, made landfall on the Caribbean coast of the eastern Yucatan Peninsula late Monday while whipping the resorts around Tulum with rain and wind. "I hope it won’t be as bad with this hurricane.”. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami said Hurricane Genevieve now has maximum sustained winds of 115 mph and is located about 115 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California. Delta was forecast to spend several hours lashing the Yucatan Peninsula before moving into the Gulf of Mexico and growing into a "considerably larger" storm before striking the U.S. Gulf coast.

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