Tropical Storm Sonia hits Mexico; minor flooding

AP News
Posted: Nov 04, 2013 11:21 AM
Tropical Storm Sonia hits Mexico; minor flooding

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Former Tropical Storm Sonia dissipated over the Mexican Pacific coast state of Sinaloa, but not before causing some minor flooding in cities such as Mazatlan and Culiacan, forcing the evacuation of around 1,000 people, authorities said Monday.

The evacuations were largely preventative and people are expected to start returning to their homes, said Sinaloa state civil defense official Gabriel Olivera.

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

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

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