FOX Weather gets first-hand look at Hurricane Grace damage in Mexico

‘Every billboard is gone,” says meteorologist Rick Reichmuth while driving into Tulum

FOX Weather got a first-hand look at the damage from Hurricane Grace in two coastal towns on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Grace made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane early Thursday morning just south of Tulum.

FOX Weather meteorologist Rick Reichmuth is visiting Playa del Carmen, about 40 miles north of Tulum, and sent back videos showing the damage he found in both towns.

In Playa del Carmen, Reichmuth reported the damage as being relatively minor.

"Some small trees, lots of limbs and branches and stuff down, but they’re doing a really good job of clearing it up really quickly," Reichmuth said.

According to Reichmuth, three hurricanes swept through the same area last year, which may have helped limit the damage from Grace.

"You could say (the storms) pruned a lot of the trees around here," Reichmuth said.

Reichmuth drove the 40 miles down to Tulum, where the damage was a bit worse.

"Every billboard is gone," Reichmuth said as he was entering the coastal town. "I’ve seen a lot of big trees down."

Images from Reichmuth showed lots of trees that had leaves stripped away. He also shared an image of a building that appears to have been damaged by the hurricane.

In addition to gusty winds, forecasters warned of heavy rain that could result in flash flooding.

The terrain of the Yucatan weakened Grace to a tropical storm by late Thursday morning, but the storm is forecast to emerge in the Gulf of Mexico by late Thursday night and strengthen back into a hurricane before making a second landfall in Mexico late Friday.