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Parts of US Await Tropical Storm Cristobal After Heavy Rain, Flooding in Mexico

A bulldozer removes debris during the search for seven people who were buried by a landslide due to the heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Cristobal, in Santo Tomas, southern San Salvador, on June 4, 2020.

Tropical Storm Cristobal weakened overnight Thursday after dumping heavy rainfall and causing potentially deadly flooding in parts of Mexico.

Campeche state Civil Protection Secretary Edgar Hernandez said the most affected municipalities were Hopelchen and Calakmul.

He said Thursday evening that authorities could not yet give an assessment on damages but that more than 300 people reportedly sought temporary shelter.

Meanwhile, the U.S-based National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected to reenergize over the Gulf of Mexico on Friday on its way toward the United States.

Forecasters anticipate the storm could become a menace for the U.S. Gulf Coast region by Sunday.

Some people in St. Tammany Parish, in the state of Louisiana, were preparing sandbags Thursday in anticipation of Cristobal’s arrival.

Cristobal developed Tuesday from the remnants of Tropical Storm Amanda, which formed in the Pacific Ocean and caused severe flooding and landslides in Central America. At least 22 deaths have been reported in El Salvador and Guatemala because of the storm.