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Fernand dissipates after landfall in eastern Mexico; at least 13 dead

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A day after forming into the sixth tropical storm of the season in the Bay of Campeche, Fernand has dissipated after making landfall late Sunday night in eastern Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center reported Monday afternoon (Aug. 26) that Fernand dissipated about 75 miles west-southwest of Tuxpan after making landfall 25 miles north-northwest of Veracruz around 11:45 p.m. CDT Sunday. The remnants were moving to the west-northwest at 9 mph with gusty winds of 30 mph.

The storm has produced several inches of rainfall along its path, triggering numerous landslides that have left at least 13 people dead, according to Reuters.

Nine people died in the town of Yecuatla, three in the port city of Tuxpan and one more in the town of Atzalan, Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte said.

A landslide of rock and mud swept onto four homes in the village of Roca de Ora, which is part of the town of Yecuatla, killing nine people in their sleep before dawn Monday.

At least 10 towns were isolated because 16 landslides blocked roads throughout the state, civil protection authorities said in a statement. They said more than 400 people were in shelters set up by the government.

In the metropolitan area of Veracruz city and neighboring Boca del Rio, workers sought to restore electricity to about 40 percent of the region's households.

The government of Veracruz state advised its 7.7 million residents to stay home, and suspended classes in the state to protect children from venturing out into winds and rain.

The Atlantic basin is in its most active period for tropical storms and hurricanes leading up to the peak of the season in early September.

With six named storms down so far, the NHC expects at least seven to 13 more including six to nine hurricanes before the season ends on Nov. 30.

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