Tropical Storm Sonia Hits Mexico; Minor Flooding

November 5, 2013

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The New York Times, 11/04/2013

Former Tropical Storm Sonia dissipated over the Mexican Pacific coast state of Sinaloa, but not before causing some minor flooding in cities such as Mazatlan and Culiacan, forcing the evacuation of around 1,000 people, authorities said Monday.

The evacuations were largely preventative and people are expected to start returning to their homes, said Sinaloa state civil defense official Gabriel Olivera.

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Mexico appears clear of storm that threatened Pacific coast

October 24, 2013

The Cliffs of La Quebrada in Acapulco

The Washington Post, 10/23/2013

The Pacific coast of Mexico, still smarting from the battering it took from a tropical storm last month, appears to have dodged another assault as a powerful storm moved away from the coast early Wednesday.

Conagua, the Mexican water commission, announced that the storm, formerly known as Hurricane Raymond, had been reclassified as a tropical storm. It was about 155 miles southwest of the resort city of Zihuatanejo Wednesday morning, and was moving west-southwest away from the coast at a clip of about 8 mph.

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Tropical Storm Raymond maintaining its strength as it moves away from Mexico

October 24, 2013

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The Washington Post, 10/24/2013

Tropical Storm Raymond is maintaining its strength as it moves away from Mexico’s Pacific coast.

At its peak, Raymond was a Category 3 hurricane that threatened to collide with the Mexican coast, a region devastated by a storm last month. But Raymond spun in place offshore for more than a day before heading out to sea Wednesday.

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Raymond Weakens to Tropical Storm Near Mexico

October 23, 2013

The Cliffs of La Quebrada in Acapulco

The New York Times, 10/23/2013

Raymond weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm Wednesday and began moving away from Mexico’s Pacific coast, granting relief to a region devastated by storms last month.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Raymond’s maximum sustained winds decreased to near 65 mph (100 kph) with additional weakening possible over the next few days. At its peak, the storm was a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph (205 kph) that threatened to collide with the Mexican coast.

Raymond becomes major hurricane as it nears Mexico

October 21, 2013

USA Today, 10/21/2013

hurricaneHurricane Raymond strengthened to a Category 3 storm early Monday and threatened to hurl heavy new rains onto a sodden region of Mexico’s Pacific Coast already devastated by last month’s Tropical Storm Manuel.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the newly formed storm had nearly stalled offshore, about 165 miles west-southwest of Acapulco, and it was expected to move a little closer to the coast by Tuesday before veering back out to sea on Wednesday.

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Mexican Tycoon Carlos Slim’s Telmex Delivers Tons of Humanitarian Aid To Storm Victims in Mexico

September 25, 2013

Forbes, 9/25/2013

carlos slimTelefónos de México (Telmex), the dominant Mexican fixed-line phone carrier controlled by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, responded to the current national emergency caused  by Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid with aid for thousands of victims in Mexico.  Telmex said on Monday that it has delivered 114 tons of humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Mexicans affected by the twin storms in the Gulf and Pacific costs. In 24 of Mexico’s 31 states, towns and cities were flooded, highways and communication lines cut off, and deadly landslides set off.  More than 1 million people have been affected across the country and 50,000 have been evacuated from their homes.

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Mexico storms: Tourists airlifted from flooded Acapulco

September 18, 2013

BBC News, 9/18/2013

acapulcoMore than 2,000 tourists have been airlifted by the army from the Mexican resort of Acapulco following deadly floods caused by Tropical Storm Manuel. But many more tourists and local residents remain stranded in the city and along the west coast after landslides blocked main roads.

Manuel was almost immediately followed by Hurricane Ingrid, causing widespread devastation in the east of the country. At least 57 people are now known to have died in flooding and landslides. It was the first time since 1958 that two powerful storms hit Mexico within 24 hours.

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Chaos as floods submerge Mexico’s Acapulco, death toll rises

September 18, 2013

Reuters, 9/18/2013

Popocatepetl volcano spews ashMexico’s famous beach resort of Acapulco was in chaos on Tuesday as hotels rationed food for thousands of stranded tourists and floodwaters swallowed homes and cars after some of the most damaging storms in decades killed at least 55 people across the country.

Television footage showed Acapulco’s international airport terminal waist deep in water and workers wading out to escape floods that have prevented some 40,000 visitors from leaving and blocked one of the main access routes to the city with mud.

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Deadly Mexico Storms Kill 42, Floods Strand Thousands

September 17, 2013

veracruzThe New York Times, 9/17/2013

Two powerful storms pummelled Mexico as they converged from the Pacific and the Gulf on Monday, killing at least 42 people and stranding some 40,000 tourists in the Pacific resort of

Acapulco amid some of the worst flooding in decades.Tropical Depression Ingrid battered Mexico’s northern Gulf coast, shutting some of the country’s oil operations, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel lashed the Pacific coast, inundating the popular tourist hub.

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