On Saturday, authorities said six of them belonged to a family. According to data from the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), the hurricane quickly lost strength on its way west over mainland Mexico. However, heavy rains and floods are likely to continue.
“The state of emergency is not over yet,” Veracruz Governor Quetlawac Garcia said. Electricity was cut off in parts of the country. Grace also hit the earthquake that devastated Haiti on its way across the Caribbean.
Grace also caused a blackout in eastern Mexico. Governor Quetlahuac García Jimenez said Saturday that nearly two dozen towns in Veracruz have been uprooted, electricity poles overturned and streets inundated.
Half a million people without electricity
More than half a million people have been temporarily cut off from power supplies, according to utility company CFE. Several flights to Veracruz, Tampico, Reynosa, Culiacan and Huatulco were canceled due to the storm.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called on residents of particularly affected areas to be vigilant. “Grace” hit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, popular with vacationers, as a tropical storm on Thursday. It caused damage and major blackouts, but people were unharmed. Before its second pass over Mexico, which was now beginning, Tropical Cyclone Grace gained strength and was once again upgraded to a hurricane.
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