Minor Flooding as Tropical Storm Sonia Hits Mexico, Dissipates Off Coast

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Former Tropical Storm Sonia dissipated over the Mexican Pacific coast state of Sinaloa on Monday, but not before causing some minor flooding in cities such as Culiacan, forcing about 1000 people to leave their homes.

The Sinaloa state civil defence official said the evacuations were largely preventative and people are expected to start returning to their homes.

Residents in Culiacan could be seen wading through flooded streets on Monday, using sticks to feel their way through the murky waters.

One woman from a nearby community said she was still unable to rescue belongings from her home as the floodwaters hadn't subsided.

According to local residents the rains started in the early hours of Monday morning and the floodwaters had reached up to around half-a-metre (20 inches) high.

There were no confirmed reports of injuries, but authorities reported that one fisherman was reported as missing at sea.

The US National Hurricane Centre said Sonia had been downgraded to a tropical depression and later dissipated after hitting land early on Monday, but it said moisture from the storm system would continue on into Texas.

The government of Sinaloa state said classes were cancelled for Monday in five municipalities affected by the storm.

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