Tropical Storm Fernand Leaves 13 People Dead In Mexico

It wasn't even a hurricane, but it was still deadly.

As it weakened into a tropical depression and brought heavy rains inland over eastern Mexico, Tropical Storm Fernand caused landslides triggered by torrential rains that killed at least 13 people in Veracruz state.

Nine people died in the town of Yecuatla, three in the port city of Tuxpan and one more in the town of Atzalan, Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte said.

A landslide of rock and mud swept onto four homes in the village of Roca de Oro, which is part of the town of Yecuatla, killing nine people in their sleep before dawn Monday.

Duarte advised residents to continue to take precautionary measures since the tropical depression continued to cause rain.

"We will remain alert because of the rains" still falling, Duarte said

At least 10 towns were isolated because 16 landslides blocked roads throughout the state, civil protection authorities said in a statement. They said more than 400 people were in shelters set up by the government.

In the metropolitan area of Veracruz city and neighboring Boca del Rio, workers were restoring electricity to about 40 percent of the region's households.

The government of Veracruz state advised its 7.7 million residents to stay home, and suspended classes in the state to protect children from venturing out into winds and rain.

The system's maximum sustained winds late Monday afternoon had decreased to near 30 mph, several hours after making landfall. Fernand was centered about 75 miles west-southwest of Tuxpan and moving to the west-northwest at about 9 mph.

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.

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