08/07/2012 06:21 EDT | Updated 10/07/2012 05:12 EDT

Hurricane Ernesto: Canada Yucatan Travel Warning Issued By Foreign Affairs


OTTAWA - The Foreign Affairs Department is advising Canadians against non-essential travel to the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula because of approaching hurricane Ernesto.

A warning issued by the department covers the peninsula from Chetumal, Mexico, northward to Tulum, including the island of Cozumel.

Ernesto is expected to make landfall overnight or in the early hours Wednesday, with heavy rains and strong winds likely to affect transportation routes and telecommunication systems. There could also be flooding and mudslides.

The department says other services that may be affected include emergency and medical care, as well as water and food supplies.

Ernesto strengthened from a tropical storm earlier Tuesday, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it had winds of 129 kilometres an hour by late afternoon.

The hurricane was centred about 225 kilometres east of Chetumal.