Tropical Storm Alberto – the first named storm of the season – left three people dead

Tropical Storm Alberto – the first named storm of the season – left three people dead

Tropical Storm Alberto moved toward northeastern Mexico early Thursday as the first named storm of the season, bringing heavy rains that killed three people but also brought hope to a region suffering from a long-term, severe drought.

Mexican authorities downplayed the risk posed by Alberto and instead pinned hopes on his ability to reduce water demand in the parched region.

“The (wind) speed is not such that it should be considered a risk,” Secretary of State for Hydrological Resources Raúl Quiroga Álvarez said during a news conference late Wednesday. Instead, he suggested that people greet Alberto joyfully. “This is what we have been doing for eight years in all of Tamaulipas.”

Much of Mexico is suffering from severe drought, with northern Mexico particularly hard hit. Quiroga noted that reservoir levels are low and Mexico owes a huge water debt to the United States for sharing use of the Rio Grande.

“This is a win-win event,” he said.

However, in nearby Nuevo Leon state, civil protection authorities reported three deaths related to the Alberto rains. They said one person died in the La Silla River in the city of Monterrey, the state capital, and two minors died of electrocution in the commune of Allende. Local media reported that the minors were riding a bike in the rain.

Nuevo Leon Governor Samuel García wrote on his social media account

According to data released late Wednesday, Alberto was located about 220 kilometers east of Tampico, Mexico, and about 510 kilometers southeast of Brownsville, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h. US National Hurricane Center. The storm was moving west at 9 miles per hour.

Alberto also brought rain and flooding to the Texas coast.

The U.S. National Weather Service said the main threat to the southern Texas coast is flooding from excessive rainfall. On Wednesday, the NWS said there was a “high probability” of flash flooding along Texas’ south coast. Tornadoes or waterspouts are possible.

On Wednesday, areas along the Texas coast experienced road flooding and dangerous rip currents, and waterspouts were spotted offshore.

The people of Mexico expressed hope that Alberto would bring rain.

Blanca Coronel Moral, a resident of Tampico, went to the city’s waterfront on Wednesday to wait for Alberto’s arrival.

“We needed this water and we are getting it now, thank God. Let’s hope we only get water,” Coronel Moral said. “Our lagoon, from which we supply drinking water, is completely dry.”

Authorities closed schools in Tamaulipas for the remainder of the week because localized flooding could occur.

According to the National Hurricane Center, up to 13-25 centimeters of rain is expected in some areas of the Texas coast, with even higher rainfall totals possible in isolated cases. Up to 50 centimeters of rain could fall in some higher elevation locations in Mexico, especially in the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Nuevo Leon, which could cause mudslides and flash floods.

Alberto dumped rain on both sides of the border, extending across much of the southern Texas coast and as far south as the Mexican state of Veracruz.

Alberto was expected to weaken quickly over land and dissipate on Thursday.