Photo: Tropical Storm Fernand
At least 13 people died Monday in landslides resulting from the intense rains brought by Tropical Storm Fernand on its passage over the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, authorities said.
In an extraordinary session of the State Council for Civil Protection, Gov. Javier Duarte called on the public to pay attention to the “recommendations of the authorities and, if necessary, to evacuate their homes” in the face of the ongoing rain from Fernand, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression.
Mexico’s National Water Commission warned that it will continue raining until Tuesday in Veracruz and, because the ground is saturated with water, it is probable that rivers will continue to overflow and landslides will occur as rain-soaked hillsides give way.
In its most recent report, the SMN weather service said that despite Fernand’s weakening as it moves to the northwest, intense rains are still occurring in the states of Veracruz, Puebla, Hidalgo, Mexico, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi and Tlaxcala.
Fernand - the center of which is located 7 kilometers (4 miles) northwest of Coyutla, in Veracruz, and 15 kilometers (9 miles) east-northeast of Chicontla, in Puebla - is moving northwest at 15 kph (9 mph) accompanied by sustained winds of 55 kph (34 mph) with gusts of up to 75 kph (47 mph).