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Storm slams into Nuevo Laredo leaving trail of destruction and 157,000 without power

Nuevo Laredo, Mexico — Residents in the city of Nuevo Laredo braced for the expected storm that slammed the state’s capital city leaving more than 157,000 without power. The anticipated arrival of the storm hit the region Monday night as expected.

Meteorología Tamaulipas reported that the storm landed Nuevo Laredo around 10:00 p.m. and spilled over into Tamaulipas where a total of 157,000 people were left in the dark after 11 CFE transmission lines were downed due to the strong winds.

The meteorological agency reported winds of up to 150 kms/hour were responsible for knocking down power poles, bending towers, felling trees and breaking business store-fronts.

The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) reported the interruption of the electricity supply around 11:00 p.m. to 157,228 homes due to damage to 11 transmission lines and the collapse of 14 structures, 141 poles and a communication antenna.

As of Tuesday morning, CFE had restored service to around 33,000 homes.

The mayor of Nuevo Laredo, Arturo San Miguel said the storm generated “fallen power towers ” and said that at least one person was killed during the storm.

“Well, right now we are doing some evaluations. We understand that a person died after falling from the Mazatlán bridge in the early morning when the strong winds began, so now unfortunately, we have a deceased,” he added.