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Mudslides kill 13 after Fernand hits Mexico

By Ed Payne and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
August 26, 2013 -- Updated 2245 GMT (0645 HKT)
Though Fernand broke up after hitting land, forecasters warn more mudslides are still a threat in Mexico.
Though Fernand broke up after hitting land, forecasters warn more mudslides are still a threat in Mexico.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: State media reports mudslides crash into homes in Mexico's Veracruz state
  • NEW: At least 13 people are killed in several locations, authorities say
  • NEW: Fernand has dissipated but could still bring heavy rains, forecasters say

(CNN) -- Mudslides killed at least 13 people after Fernand slammed into the east of coast of Mexico, state media reported Monday.

Fernand was a tropical storm when it made landfall late Sunday, bringing heavy rains. The storm quickly fizzled into a tropical depression and had dissipated by Monday afternoon, forecasters said.

But even as it weakened, authorities in the state of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico said the storm brought heavy rains that caused deadly mudslide in several locations.

All of the deaths were caused by mudslides that buried homes, Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte said, according to Mexico's state-run Notimex news agency.

Fernand formed over the western Bay of Campeche on Sunday.

As of 4 p.m. ET, the storm's remnants were about 75 miles (125 km) west-southwest of Tuxpan, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (45 kilometers per hour), the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.

The storm was expected to dump between 4 and 8 inches of rain over the states of Veracruz, Hidalgo, northern Puebla, southern Tamaulipas and eastern San Luis Potosi, with more than 15 inches of rain in some places.

Forecasters warned that more life-threatening mudslides were possible.

CNNMexico.com contributed to this report.

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