Storms bring flooding to Mexico

11/4/16 Al Jazeera

download (2).jpgHeavy rain causes chaos in the north of the country, with the risk of storms set to persist. A trough of low pressure lying north-south through Mexico, and a cold weather front moving southwards across the United States, coincided to bring the severe weather conditions.

Tampico, a port city in the state of Tamaulipas, some 10km inland of the Gulf of Mexico, received 129mm of rain during the day. This compares with average monthly rainfall of around 40mm.

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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.

Tropical Storm Sonia Hits Mexico; Minor Flooding

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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

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

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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

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.