Mexican cities are completely flooded

At least eight people have been reported dead as Hurricane Grace ravages Eastern Mexico. 

Government officials say that of the eight people killed, six were members of the same family.

All but one of the victims died in the state capital Xalapa, including a young girl killed by a mudslide that hit her home, the government said.

Meanwhile, an adult was killed by a collapsed roof in the city of Poza Rica further north in the state, according to Governor of Veracruz  Cuitlahuac Garcia.

“The state of emergency has not ended,” the Governor added.

Small fishing towns and beach resorts were drenched with rain as Grace made its second landfall in the country in two days.

Fishermen hurriedly pulled their boats out of the water, carrying them inside to prevent any damage. 

Fishermen scramble to save their boats

The deaths and the worst damage occurred in the state of Veracruz, where the storm uprooted trees when it made landfall early on Saturday.

Homes have been destroyed by the horrifying storm

Before Grace hit land, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took to Twitter to urge people to seek shelter on high ground.

“I ask the people of the regions of Veracruz, Puebla, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, and Hidalgo to seek refuge in high places with relatives and in shelters that are being set up,” he tweeted.

High winds and downpours were reported to be causing more flooding as Hurricane Grace traveled north of Mexico City.

The storm brought wind speeds of up to 200 km/h (125mph) when it reached the coast of mainland Mexico. 

Residents of the coastal town of Tecolutla, in Veracruz state, said the hurricane had been devastating.

Resident Laura Jacinto said, “You could just hear the thunder of the falling trees, it sounded very nasty, very horrible. I was very scared, I was very scared last night.”

Another resident, Adolfo Lopez, said: “The roof… everything is gone, it took everything with it.”

Torrential rain and high winds from the hurricane are causing power cuts and flooding.


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