Ex-Hurricane Earl death toll surpasses 45 as floods and landslides hit eastern Mexico

08/09/2016 Independent

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At least 45 people have died in eastern Mexico following flash floods and landslides that saw homes swept away after rain that residents said was heavier than any they’d seen in their lives.

As rescue efforts continued on Tuesday in several mountain communities, officials warned the death toll from the weekend storms could yet go higher.

Most of those who died were in Puebla State with the remainder in the neighbouring state of Veracruz, officials said. The region was slammed at the weekend by the remnants of what had been Hurricane Earl, a category 1 storm that had earlier pummeled Belize.

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Javier Weakens to Rainstorm as It Swirls Past Mexico’s Baja

08/09/16 The New York Times 

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico — Tropical Storm Javier blew past the southern end of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula and then weakened to a rainstorm Tuesday.

Authorities had evacuated people from low-lying areas around the resort city Cabo San Lucas but no damage or flooding was reported.
By midafternoon, Javier’s winds had weakened to 25 mph (40 kph) and the storm accelerated its forward progress, moving northwest at 10 mph (17 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane Earl Heads Toward Mexico

08/03/2016 The Wall Street Journal

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Hurricane Earl moved Wednesday toward the coasts of Belize and Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, where it was expected to make landfall with threats of heavy rain and flooding.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami upgraded the tropical storm to a hurricane around 5 p.m. EDT.

“Earl has become a larger system, and its hazards, primarily rainfall, will affect a large portion of Central America, the Yucatán Peninsula and eastern Mexico,” the center said. The center of the storm was 150 miles east of Belize City, moving westward across the Caribbean sea.

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Patricia, strongest hurricane ever recorded, menaces Mexico

10/23/2015 CNN

hurricanePatricia — the strongest hurricane ever recorded — barreled closer and closer Friday morning to Mexico’s Pacific coast, where residents have been told to brace for its 200-mph sustained winds and torrential rains.

The Miami-based meteorological center, in its 10 a.m. CT (11 a.m. ET) advisory, warned of a “potentially catastrophic landfall … in southwestern Mexico” late that afternoon or early evening. While its strength could fluctuate, “Patricia is expected to remain an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane through landfall.”

Patricia has potential to cause massive death and destruction over a large swath of the Mexican Pacific coast, including the tourist hot spots of Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco.

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Hurricane Marie affects 10,000 families in Mexico

08/25/14 BBC News

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Photo by Flickr user au_tiger01

An estimated 10,000 families in Mexico have been affected by Hurricane Marie, which has been moving along the Pacific Coast towards the United States.

A state of emergency has been declared in 10 of the worst-hit municipalities in south-western Oaxaca state.

Road and transport links have been damaged by landslides and localised flooding.

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Raymond Weakens to Tropical Storm Near Mexico

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.

Hurricane Raymond Swirls Off Mexico, Hits Acapulco With More Rain

acapulcoThe New York Times, 10/21/2013

Ports were closed, school classes were suspended and hundreds of people were evacuated along Mexico’s southern Pacific coast on Monday as a major hurricane loomed over a region still recovering from record flooding a few weeks ago.

Raymond, a category three hurricane, weakened slightly on Monday night as it hovered about 145 km (90 miles) offshore.

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