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Tropical Storm Alberto Dissipates Over Central Mexico After Heavy Rains Cause 4 Deaths

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Tropical Storm Alberto, the season’s first named storm, weakened on Thursday as it moved inland over northeast Mexico, bringing heavy rains to the parched region and resulting in at least four deaths.

By the afternoon, Alberto’s remnants were scattered over central Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters reported that heavy rain, amounting to several inches, was falling inland in Mexico’s Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, and Coahuila states, while South Texas was expected to see diminishing rain on Thursday.

Initially, there was disappointment in Tampico over the meager amount of rain that fell after Alberto moved ashore. Showers had been sporadic through the early morning, with the sun even breaking through at times.

However, heavy rain inland was causing damage in Nuevo Leon and Veracruz.

Civil protection authorities reported four deaths linked to Alberto’s rains. One man died in the La Silla river in Monterrey, the state capital of Nuevo Leon, and two minors died from electric shocks in Allende. Local media reported that the minors were riding a bicycle in the rain.

A fourth man in El Carmen, Nuevo Leon, was electrocuted while trying to repair wires in the rain, civil protection said.

Floodwaters also washed out a segment of a major highway connecting Monterrey and Saltillo.

Nuevo Leon Governor Samuel García announced on social media platform X that metro and public transportation services in Monterrey would be suspended from Wednesday night until midday Thursday when Alberto had passed.

In Veracruz, 24 families were left homeless in Xalapa after heavy rain caused a retaining wall to collapse onto three buildings.

Residents heard a deafening sound and felt the floor move at dawn but managed to escape safely.

Alberto had prompted tropical storm warnings along most of the western Gulf of Mexico’s coastline from Texas to Veracruz. The storm made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 km/h).

Schools were closed across Tamaulipas state, where Alberto came ashore, and were expected to remain closed through Friday. Shelters were prepared to receive residents escaping high water.

Rainfall amounts of 5 inches (13 cm) to 10 inches (25 cm) were expected in some parts of northeast Mexico and southern Texas, with even higher isolated totals possible, according to the hurricane center. Some higher locations in Mexico could receive as much as 20 inches (50 cm) of rain, potentially causing mudslides and flash flooding, especially in Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo Leon.

Alberto also brought rains and flooding to the Texas coast.

The U.S. National Weather Service indicated that the main hazard for southern coastal Texas was flooding from excess rain. Coastal Texas experienced road flooding, dangerous rip currents on Wednesday, and waterspouts spotted offshore.

The mayor of Corpus Christi, Texas, planned to request a disaster declaration after parts of the city were drenched with up to 6 inches of rain on Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman. Residents reported water and wind damage, and canals were damaged on the north side of Padre Island, Brianna Sandoval said Thursday.

Two people were rescued from vehicles stalled on flooded roads, and a downed powerline rerouted highway traffic for part of the morning. The city remained under a flood warning.

Bert Dagnon, who closed his Salt Water Gift Shop in Galveston on Wednesday out of caution, noted that the area received less rain than predicted, with minimal impact aside from flooding in low-lying areas.

In Surfside Beach, a Texas city on a barrier island, a storm surge early Thursday left some damaged roads and debris but caused “very little damage” to the mostly elevated structures, according to Mayor Gregg Bisso.

By late morning, the surge was receding, and Bisso remarked, “you can almost get around now.” Surfside Beach has a population of about 800 full-time residents and as many as 10,000 vacationers in the summer.

Tampico resident Octavio González expressed disappointment at the minimal rain from Alberto.

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