- Title: As storm Franklin dissipates over Mexico, residents deal with aftermath
- Date: 10th August 2017
- Summary: VEGA DE ALATORRE, VERACRUZ, MEXICO (AUGUST 9, 2017) (REUTERS) CHOPPY SEA WATER SEEN FROM CLIFF STRONG SEA WAVES PALM TREES BEING SWAYED BY STRONG WIND CLOUDY SKY OVER MOUNTAIN RANGE MAN RIDING ON BICYCLE IN WET STREET / TAXIS PARKED ON STREET RESIDENTS WEARING WATERPROOF MATERIAL, WALKING ON SIDE OF WET ROAD CHURCH BELL TOWER / DARK CLOUDS LOOMING OVERHEAD VEGA DE ALATORRE, MEXICO (AUGUST 9, 2017) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) POLICEMAN TAKING SHELTER FROM STORM / LEAVES POLICE VEHICLE PARKED ON STREET POLICEMAN SHELTERING FROM STORM / WIND AND RAIN SEEN LASHING STREET PEOPLE SEEN ARRIVING AT SHELTER RESIDENTS SEEN WALKING INTO SHELTER (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VEGA DE ALATORRE MAYOR, TEODORO MONDRAGON, SAYING: "Unfortunately, we don't have the support from federal authorities. You, who arrived this afternoon, are witness to the fact we have not seen the presence of the Mexican army, we haven't seen the presence of the marines." RESCUED CAGED PARROT WOMEN IN KITCHEN SHELTER WITH FOOD SUPPLIES WOMAN COOKING FOOD MAN HOLDING DOOR SHUT FROM STRONG WINDS VEGA DE ALATORRE, VERACRUZ, MEXICO (AUGUST 10, 2017) (REUTERS) GENERAL VIEW OF CALM RIVER WATERS FALLEN TREE NEXT TO HOME RESIDENTS TALKING STANDING NEXT TO RIVER EDGE FALLEN TREE NEXT TO HOME VEHICLE CAR SEEN DRIVING ALONG WET ROAD COLLAPSED TIN ROOF DAMAGE TO HOME AND TIN ROOF GENERAL VIEW OF DAMAGE TO BANANA PLANTATION (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BANANA PLANTATION WORKER, PEDRO MARTINEZ, SAYING: "In the whole municipality, banana is what is produced the most. We have total losses, one must look (for alternatives) and wait another year to resume work normally." DAMAGED TIN ROOF VARIOUS OF MARTINEZ SURVEYING DAMAGES TO BANANA PLANTATION / CLEANING UP HUAUCHINANGO, PUEBLA, MEXICO (AUGUST 10, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ENTRANCE TO CONCERT HALL BEING USED AS MAKE-SHIFT SHELTER / AUTHORITIES STANDING OUTSIDE PEOPLE STAYING IN SHELTER WOMEN COMFORTING BABY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARMY CAPTAIN, FELIX TREVINO, SAYING: "Helping civilians with what is needed. We are providing help with food and shelter, places for personal hygiene for as long as needed, we will remain here." ARMY VEHICLE PARKED OUTSIDE SHELTER VEHICLE SEEN IN WET RESIDENTS SEEN WALKING ALONG WET STREET COLONIAL BUILDING, RAIN FALLING GENERAL VIEW OF WET STREET
- Embargoed: 24th August 2017 17:58
- Keywords: Franklin first hurricane Atlantic season dissipated Mexico
- Location: VEGA DE ALATORRE, VERACRUZ / HUAUCHINANGO, PUEBLA, MEXICO
- City: VEGA DE ALATORRE, VERACRUZ / HUAUCHINANGO, PUEBLA, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wind/Hurricane/Typhoons/Tornadoes
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TKQUDF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Franklin, the first hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, has dissipated over Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Centre said on Thursday (August 10), with Mexican officials reporting no deaths or major damage.
Mexico's government has discontinued all warnings for Franklin, which is located about 20 miles (35 kms) north-northwest of Mexico City, Mexico with maximum sustained winds now reduced to 30 miles per hour (45 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.
Franklin weakened to a tropical storm early Thursday after developing into a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday (August 9).
In the town Vega de Alatorre in the banana-producing Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, where the storm made landfall, residents took shelter with local authorities complaining of a lack of support from federal entities.
In Veracuz there were many fallen trees, isolated power outages, damage to humble homes. Banana plantations, a main source of income for locals, were also damaged with workers reporting total losses.
Meanwhile, in the town of Huauchinango, in the central state of Puebla, people were seen staying at shelters. State governor, Tony Gali, reported a total of 1,562 people had been evacuated from their homes. Food, blankets, mattresses, toiletries, bottled water are being distributed among the needy taking refuge from the storm.
Heavy rains continue to fall over central Mexico, raising the risk of flash floods and mudslides in the mountainous terrain, with residents being drenched in colonial towns around central parts of the country.
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