Published On: Mon, Aug 8th, 2016

Earl’s death toll at 40 as Javier forms off Mexico’s Pacific coast

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While remnants of Tropical Storm Earl were helping fuel the formation of Tropical Storm Javier off Mexico’s Pacific coast early Monday Aug. 8, at least 40 people were reported killed by landslides in the Mexican states of Puebla and Veracruz after Earl hit eastern Mexico, according to the official Twitter account of National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Puente.

In Puebla, where 28 died people died, Gov. Rafael Moreno Valle visited the areas affected by Tropical Storm Earl on Saturday.
“My government will have all resources available. We will not rest until all the damages caused have been repaired,” Moreno tweeted on his official Twitter account.
Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte tweeted from his verified Twitter account that there were 11 deaths in his state “due to the hill’s mudslides in the mountainous areas of the state.”
Mexico army troops are helping in rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Tropical Storm Earl. (PHOTO: AFP)

Mexico army troops are helping in rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of Tropical Storm Earl. (PHOTO: AFP)

Before becoming a tropical storm as it moved across the region and then being downgraded to a tropical depression, the storm was Hurricane Earl.

“The remnants of Hurricane Earl (now a tropical depression) are moving off the southwestern coast of Mexico and are expected to regain strength,” CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam said.
While the storm has been downgraded, the heavy rains will continue, forecasters said.
“The remnants of Earl are expected to produce an additional 2 to 4 inches of rainfall over portions of the Mexican states of Guerrero, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Puebla, Tlaxcala and Veracruz through tonight,” the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Sunday. “These rains could result in life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.”

Rainfall totals of 3-6 inches (locally up to 10 inches) are expected over coastal parts of the Mexico’s Sinaloa and southern Sonora states into Baja California.

In addition, Javier may help to send a surge of tropical moisture into the Southwest U.S. by midweek, with locally heavy rain and flooding in parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado.

Javier formed partially from the remnants of Hurricane Earl, which impacted the Yucatan Peninsula and other parts of southeastern Mexico, as well as Belize and Honduras over the weekend and late last week.

As of Monday morning, Javier was not expected to directly impact the Yucatan Peninsula.




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