Hurricane Grace scrup onto Mexico’s Gulf coast as a major Category 3 storm and moved inland on Saturday, submerged coastal and inland areas in its second landfall in the country in two days.
The authorities said that at least 8 people had lost their lives in the disater.
The storm had lost power while crossing over the Yucatan Peninsula on Thursday, and had surged through Mexico’s main tourist strip but had rapidly drew strength from the Gulf of Mexico that is relatively warmer before reaching the Mexican coast again late on Friday.
The governor of Mexico’s Veracruz state Cuitlahuac Garcia said that not less than eight people, also including children had lost their lives and three were missing after mudslides and flooding.
The US National Hurricane Center said Grace had quickly weakened to a tropical storm as it tossed over mountainous areas in central Mexico, east of Mexico City and then evanesced at midafternoon.
The Mexico’s meteorological agency noted that hours before the shore on Friday, Grace had caused strong winds, high waves and very heavy rainfall in the Veracruz communities of Tuxpan, Poza Rica, Xalapa and Veracruz city as well as in coastal areas in the states of Tabasco and Tamaulipas.
The hurricane hit early Thursday near Tulum which is a Yucatan resort town that is famous for its Mayan ruins.
Several families passed through traumatic hours sheltering from cracking trees and flying debris.