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Grace was blowing maximum sustained winds of miles per hour km per houra Category 3 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, when it slammed into the coast near the resort of Tecolutla in Veracruz state in the early morning. The state government said eight people were killed, including six from a single family. All but one of the victims died in Xalapa, the state capital, including a young girl killed by a mudslide that hit her home, the government said.
An adult was killed by a collapsed roof in the city of Poza Rica further north in the state, Veracruz Governor Cuitlahuac Garcia told a news conference.
Local television showed severe flooding in Xalapa, with coffins from a local business floating down a waterlogged street. The nearby River Actopan burst its banks, shutting down a local highway, state authorities said. Ericka Herrera, a homemaker in Tecolutla, was in tears as she described the destruction. Things are really bad.
Grace smashed windows, downed trees, power cables and telegraph poles, leaving debris strewn around Tecolutla, though there were no human casualties, local authorities said. Images from Veracruz posted on social media showed damage to buildings and submerged cars.
A snack bar which was destroyed when Hurricane Grace slammed into the coast with torrential rains, is seen on the beach, in Costa Esmeralda, near Tecolutla, Mexico August 21, Garcia said several rivers in Veracruz would flood, and urged the local population to take cover. Television footage also showed flooding in Ciudad Madero in the southern reaches of the state of Tamaulipas near the border of Veracruz.
Mexico City's international airport said some flights were canceled due to the hurricane. The Comision Federal de Electricidad CFE national power utility reportedelectricity users were affected by outages. Grace weakened quickly as it moved into the mountainous interior, and by 4 p. Many appear to have heeded the call. The NHC forecast Grace would dump 6 to 12 inches cm of rain over eastern and central Mexico through Sunday and up to 18 inches 45 cm in some areas.
The heavy rainfall will likely cause areas of flash and urban flooding, it said. Veracruz and its waters are home to several oil installations, including Pemex's port in Coatzacoalcos and its Lazaro Cardenas refinery in Minatitlan in the south.
Grace hit land well to the north of these cities. Earlier in the week, Grace pounded Mexico's Caribbean coast, downing trees and resulting in power outages for nearlypeople, but without causing loss of life, authorities said. It also doused Jamaica and Haiti, still reeling from a 7. Subscribe for our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest exclusive Reuters coverage delivered to your inbox. Ecuador is planning to pardon up to 2, inmates in order to relieve overcrowding at its detention centers after inmates died and a further 79 were injured in the country's worst-ever prison riot earlier this week, an official said on Friday.
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Hurricane Grace unleashes severe flooding in Mexico, killing eight