Mild tropical storm set to impact N Mexico

10:50, July 09, 2010      

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A mild tropical storm will impact the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas later Thursday, around a week after the state was bashed by Hurricane Alex, Mexico's state-run National Meteorological Service (SMN) warned in a Thursday statement.

"There is potential for intense to torrential rains totaling between 100 to 200 millimeters in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila," the SMN statement said.

Nuevo Leon and Coahuila are Tamaulipas's neighbors in northern Mexico. All the three states border the United States.

The SMN said that residents of the three states could be at risk from landslides and flash floods. It indicated that the city most likely to be affected was Matamoros, a city facing Brownsville in U.S. state Texas.

The warning comes just hours after Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon authorities closed the Mexico-U.S. bridges across the Rio Grande, the border river between the two countries in the east.

Tamaulipas' governor Eugenio Hernandez Flores told media late on Wednesday that the cities of Nuevo Laredo, Miguel Aleman, Diaz Ordaz, Reynosa, Rio Bravo, Valle Hermoso and Matamoros are at risk due to emergency operations carried out by the National Water Commission, part of the nation's Environment Ministry to clear overflows at reservoirs in the region.

Flooding triggered by the reservoir operations has affected or destroyed 40,000 homes across the affected states, according to local radios. The army evacuated more than 8,000 people from the states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila on Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua


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