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Two killed, 12 semis overturned when terrestrial waterspout hits Monterrey

Monterrey, Nuevo León — A terrestrial waterspout that hit an area of Monterrey left two dead and at least six injured after ripping through the area Friday.

State Civil Protection reported the storm arrived around 5:00 p.m. with hail and wind gusts up to 115 kilometers per hour. The dark mass caused extensive damage to buildings as well as flipping vehicles, including a row of semi units, as the storm passed over an industrial area.

Civil Protection say that one person was killed in the municipality of Apodaca, a 32-year-old female security guard, Rocío Dovanet Morales. The second death was that of a 40-year-old man in the municipality of Cadereyta, who died when a tree fell on him. He has not been identified.

Commander Miguel Perales Hernández clarified that the storm was not a tornado, which is what has been reported in media, but that of a terrestrial waterspout (tromba terrestre), which do not share the same characteristics as tornadoes.

Perales Hernández said that 12 semi units were overturned due to the strong winds. Hail from the storm was also reported in the municipalities of Escobedo, Monterrey, Zuazua, Apodaca and San Nicolás.