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Mexico deals with storm damage like Willa Weakens

MEXICO CITY-Mexican authorities worked Wednesday to distribute supplies and restore services after passage of Hurricane Willa, who left thousands without…

MEXICO CITY-Mexican authorities worked Wednesday to distribute supplies and restore services after passage of Hurricane Willa, who left thousands without power and caused floods and injuries when entering the Pacific coast.

Willa, who landed late Tuesday as a category 3 hurricane about 50 miles southeast of Mazatlan port, weakened quickly as it moved across Mexico’s mountainous terrain and disappeared on Wednesday.

The storm, with winds of up to 120 mph, precipitated posts and trees, struck out power, damaged roads and highways, causing multiple rivers to flood their banks, but there were no reports of deaths.

Quirino Ordaz, governor of the Sinaloa state, said there was a significant amount of material damage in Escuinapa municipality, where the storm tribe met.

 A resident worked to remove a fallen tree in Escuinapa on Wednesday,

A resident worked to remove a fallen tree in Escuinapa on Wednesday,


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Marco Ugarte / Associated Press

“There are a lot of posts laid down and fallen trees, there is no electricity or drinking water service,” he told the Televisa network early Wednesday.

The full extent of damage is still to be judged, but “Worse is over,” he says. “The important thing is that there is no loss of human life.”

He said that more than 4000 people had moved to shelters before storm and added that he expected power to be restored already on Wednesday.

Luis Felipe Puente, National Director of Civil Protection, said several rivers had flooded their banks in Sinaloa and neighboring Nayarit, which led to evacuations for people living in

Army personnel worked to clear roads by removing trees, clay and other trash while other troops set up sandbag barriers to flooding.

The state power tool CFE said power injuries injuries left 96,200 customers without electricity in the states of Sinaloa, Nayarit, Durango and Michoacán.

CFE said that this week had more than 2,000 workers ready to respond to power outage ice tater that can be influenced by Willa. The tool moved hundreds of cranes, trucks and emergency power plants to the region.

Despite a busy, quiet storm season, Willa was the first major hurricane to make landfalls in Mexico this year.

In September, a tropical depression formed in California in California caused a major flood in the northern part of Sinaloa. Tropical storm Vicente, moving along the coast of Mexico before moving into Tuesday as a depression, caused floods in the states of Oaxaca, Guerrero and Michoacán.

Eleven people were reported killed in floods in Oaxaca in recent days.

Write to Anthony Harrup at [email protected]

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