Photo: Tropical Storm Arlene Causes Havoc in Mexico
The weather system that brought Tropical storm Arlene to Mexico is quieting down but not before claiming at least 10 lives. The system arrived on June 25 as scattered rains and soon gained power to develop into a tropical storm on Tuesday, in the eastern region of the country.
On Thursday Arlene made landfall in the Mexican state of Veracruz bringing 20 feet waves. However, Tamulipas, Hidalgo, Queretaro, Puebla, Oaxaca and San Luis Potosi were also affected by heavy rains that remain – thousands have been evacuated.
Five of the dead toll count came from Hidalgo where landslides caused the deaths and many injuries. The others deaths were throughout the country attributed to the heavy rains and flooding.
Currently the storm is in Baja California in the form of showers and thunderstorms. The country has opened up at least 350 shelters and monitoring regions where flooding might occur and other calls for evacuation needed. Last year Mexico experienced the ‘wettest rain season’ on record.
Arlene is the first named storm of the hurricane season which runs from June 1 through November 30th. At least 11 major storms are expected this season with 6 becoming hurricanes.