Fernand Leaves at Least 14 Dead in Mexico

By Brian Edwards, Meteorologist
August 28, 2013; 10:58 AM ET
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As Fernand pushes farther inland over Mexico as a tropical rainstorm, the threat of widespread flooding rainfall will diminish.

As of late Monday, at least 13 deaths were reported in the storm's aftermath, the Reuters website said. All of the deaths were the direct result of landslides in the eastern state of Veracruz.

Reported rainfall was upwards of 12 inches, Reuters said.

Another man drowned after being swept away by fast-flowing floodwaters in the state of Oaxaca, according to BBC News, bringing the total reported deaths from the storm to 14.

Fernand took shape in the Bay of Campeche over the weekend and made landfall Sunday night as a tropical storm.

The very warm waters of the Bay of Campeche, located in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, helped a tropical low organize and strengthen into the sixth tropical storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Sunday evening.

Fernand weakened late Monday afternoon as it moved over Mexico and left the favorable environment of warm Gulf water.

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Heavy rain and the threat of landslides will begin to diminish on Tuesday as Tropical Rainstorm Fernand falls apart in the rugged terrain of eastern and central Mexico. Some localized rainfall of 2 to 4 inches (50-100 mm) of rain could still fall over eastern Mexico before the tropical rainstorm effectively dissipates.

As of late Monday, rainfall near 8 inches (200 mm) had already pelted Veracruz, weather information available to AccuWeather.com showed.

The main threats from Fernand over the next 24 hours will be dangerous flash flooding, mudslides and washed-out roadways.

AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologists Jim Andrews and Kristina Pydynowski, and Staff Writer Mark Leberfinger, contributed to the content of this story.

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