Cyclone Hanna, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, degraded to remaining low pressure after leaving at least four dead, six missing and severe flooding in the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila.
After enter Texas (USA) as a hurricane and Mexico as a storm and tropical depressionHanna particularly lashed the nine municipalities of Tamaulipas that border the United States and Monterrey and Saltillo, capitals of Nuevo Leon and Coahuila, respectively.
The National Civil Protection Coordination (CNPC) reported that the death of two people swept away by the current in a vehicle in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila; of three missing persons in Monterrey and three others in Reynosa, Tamaulipas.
The Tamaulipas government later reported the death of two people in Reynosa, one of the most affected cities, with damage in more than 45 neighborhoods and almost 200 people evicted, according to Mayor Maki Ortiz. “Due to runoff from Coahuila and Nuevo Leon from Hurricane Hanna to the Rio Grande, it can overflow the Rio Grande water and cause flooding,” Ortiz said.
The governor of Coahuila, Miguel Riquelme, reported on 33 car accidents, 8 people rescued, 268 houses flooded, 45 people evacuated and 17 people in shelters, in addition to damage on the Saltillo to Monterrey highway. The forecast still indicates rains within the next 24 hours, said the state president.
“The streams are already at calm levels, they are in a better situation and the rain has weakened, the storm has weakened at this time, but it is still raining,” he said at a press conference.
The CNPC confirmed that the phenomenon is more than 100 kilometers southeast of Torreon, Coahuila, and 170 kilometers north of Fresnillo, Zacatecas, with maximum winds of 35 kilometers per hour and gusts of 55 kilometers per hour.
The cyclone hit Monterrey, the largest city in northern Mexico and the third most populous in the country, in particular.
At least 14 people were washed away by the water currents, of which 10 were rescued and work is being carried out on the rescue of two others, he explained to EFE Miguel Perales, director of Civil Protection of Nuevo Leon. “More than 1,200 emergency services were attended in the two days after the contingency,” he said.
The official reported the eviction of 709 people with 191 refugees in state shelters, with streaks close to 95 kilometers per hour, the state lived an intense day of rains that caused flooding in avenues, the overflow of channels such as the Arroyo Topo Chico and the Rio Santa Catarina, a channel of more than 150 kilometers that crosses the metropolitan area.
In 24 hours 553 millimeters of precipitation fell, the equivalent of 50% of what usually rains in a whole year in Nuevo Leon, he told EFE the observation manager of the National Meteorological System (SMN), Fabian Vazquez.
The most intense has definitely passed, which was in Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, but it is important to take precautions now in Durango, northern Zacatecas and Sinaloa starting tomorrow (Tuesday)
After weakening from tropical storm to tropical depression on Sunday afternoon, Hanna will remain a rainy system for the next few days. “In Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon it will continue raining for two more days, however, it will no longer be with the same intensity, but we must be careful because the levels of the rivers are already high at the moment,” warned the meteorologist.
This year, tropical storms Arthur and Bertha already formed on the Atlantic coast before the official start of the cyclonic season, which begins on June 1 and lasts until November 30. Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo and Hanna, the first Atlantic hurricane of the year. The current cyclone season will have 13 to 19 named storms (with winds of 65 kilometers per hour), of which six to ten could become hurricanes.
* With information from EFE
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