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Tropical Depression Fernand Kills 12, Weakens over Mexico

  • Reuters

A man stands at a flooded building in Veracruz, Mexico, Aug. 25, 2013.

A man stands at a flooded building in Veracruz, Mexico, Aug. 25, 2013.

Twelve people were killed amid torrential rains as weakening tropical depression Fernand moved northwest over central Mexico on Monday and away from the country's major oil installations, a state official said.

Nine people were killed in the town of Yecuatla and three others in the city of Tuxpan, both in Mexico's eastern Veracruz state, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Landslides were reported in Veracruz state.

In Tuxpan, just inland from the Gulf coast, a family of three was killed when a raging current of water carried them away, the official said.

The bulk of oil and gas installations of state-run monopoly Pemex are located to the south of the storm, and were not expected to be affected, a company spokesperson said.

Located about 50 miles (80 km) south-southwest of Tuxpan, the depression had maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour (56 kph) and moving further inland at about 9 miles per hour (14 kph), the NHC said earlier on Monday.

It had made landfall near the coastal city of Veracruz early in the day.

More than 200 people had been evacuated from their homes in Veracruz state, according to local emergency services.

Mexico's government discontinued all costal warnings and the depression was seen weakening into a post-tropical remnant low later in the day.

Fernand is nonetheless expected to produce between 4 and 12 inches (10 and 39 cm) of rain in the east-central states of Veracruz, Hidalgo, Puebla and San Luis Potosi, as well as the northern state of Tamaulipas.