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    PHOTOS: Dolly's Rain Triggers Devastating Flooding, Mudslides in Mexico

    By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
    September 05, 2014, 12:29:36 AM EDT

    Former Tropical Storm Dolly made landfall in northeast Mexico Tuesday night and has since moved westward over the rugged terrain of the region producing flooding along its path.

    While damaging winds are no longer a threat from Dolly, heavy rain can still produce flooding and mudslides into Thursday.

    Total rain amounts of 75 to 150 millimeters (3 to 6 inches) are expected over the lower elevations of east-central and northeast Mexico. Rainfall amounts of 150 to 250 millimeters (6 to 10 inches) are possible over the higher terrain with local amounts over 375 millimeters (15 inches).

    Rainfall has topped 200 mm (8 inches) in Presa el Moralillo, Veracruz.


    Rainfall reports indicate that more than 115 millimeters (4.5 inches) of rain has fallen in Tuxpan, south of where Dolly made landfall.

    Farther north and west, 25 to 75 millimeters (2 to 3 inches) of rain was reported in Tampico through Wednesday morning as Dolly moved further inland.

    The heaviest rain shifted in Cuidad Victoria Wednesday and Wednesday night where rainfall has totaled over 150 mm (6 inches) as of early Thursday morning.


    The 24-hour rainfall reports from the Mexico Weather Service as of Wednesday night include 108 millimeters (4.2 inches) in Tempoal, Veracruz, and 123.2 millimeters (4.85 inches) in Temamatla, San Luis Potosi.

    Heavy rain resulted in a collapsed street and home in the port city of Veracruz, according to the Associated Press.

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    Hundreds of schools were closed on Wednesday due to the impacts of the storm across the Mexican states of Veracruz and Tamaulipas.

    Rainfall associated with Dolly pushed northward into far southern Texas on Wednesday. Heavy rain totaled more than 25 millimeters (1 inch) in McAllen in less than 4 hours.

    Moisture from Dolly combined with moisture from Norbert in the Pacific will ultimately be pulled across northern Mexico and the southwest United States where flooding will remain a concern through the weekend.

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