Storm causes three deaths in Mexico

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(reuters)Torrential rains from tropical storm Amanda have claimed the lives of three people in Mexico, authorities say.
Waters rushing down mountainsides caused flash floods that swept away two people in the town of Zitacuaro in the western state of Michoacan, the state’s director of civil protection, Nicolas Alfaro, said on Wednesday (local time).
The fatalities were a 50-year-old man and a girl of eight.
In the neighbouring state of Guerrero, one person died in a road accident blamed on the storm. A tree fell on a road and the man drove right into it, dying instantly.
Roads and cars were damaged, and authorities warned homes might need to be evacuated if the rains continued.
Amanda, located far off Mexico’s Pacific coast, reached hurricane strength over the weekend before being downgraded.
Amanda was the first named storm of the season.
In 2013, Mexico was hit simultaneously by hurricanes Ingrid in the Gulf of Mexico and Manuel on the Pacific coast,

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