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Double trouble: Mexico is hit by tropical storm Katia, less than 24 hours after devastating 8.1 magnitude earthquake

Published: September 9, 2017
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Source: Daily Mail

One day after suffering from a massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake, Mexico is hit with another natural disaster as tropical storm Katia made landfall Friday evening.

The US National Hurricane Center said the storm hit Tecolutla in Mexico. State Officials say that Katia is expected to produce a 'total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches over northern Veracruz, eastern Hidalgo, and Puebla.'

They added in a statement on Friday that the storm could cause landslides and flooding, and urged people living below hills and slopes to be prepared to evacuate. 

 

A family and others take refuge in a temporary shelter at a primary school during heavy rains caused by Katia in Tecolutla

Meanwhile, homes, schools and hospitals have been ruined and 61 are dead after the biggest Mexican earthquake for a century.

The earthquake was felt across Mexico, toppling houses, shaking buildings in the country's capital and leaving a million without power amid reports tremors were detected as a far away as Austin, Texas - more than 1,300 miles from the epicentre.

Terrified residents in Mexico City ran out into the streets after the quake struck, witnesses said. Tremors were the strongest in a hundred years, according to President Enrique Pena Nieto - greater even than a devastating earthquake in 1985 that hit the capital flattening swathes of the city and killing thousands.

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