Grace moves back over Gulf of Mexico, expected to regain hurricane strength

Hurricane Grace made landfall early Thursday morning just south of Tulum, Mexico.

The Category 1 hurricane brought dangerous storm surge, heavy rainfall, and strong winds to the region.

Power lines and tree branches were knocked down in Playa del Carmen – just north of Grace's center – and Quintana Roo Gov. Carlos Joaquín reported that approximately 84,000 customers in Cancun and 65,000 in Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Puerto Aventura, and Tulum had lost power.

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Grace is expected to shift over the Yucatan Peninsula and pass over the southwest Gulf of Mexico through Friday.

The Hurricane Center said the storm would likely make a second landfall as a hurricane on the mainland coast of Mexico by late Friday or early Saturday.

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Grace was recorded with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 35 miles from its center. 

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