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Storm Amanda blamed for three deaths in Mexico

Torrential rains from tropical storm Amanda claimed the lives of three people in Mexico, authorities said Wednesday.

MORELIA: Torrential rains from tropical storm Amanda claimed the lives of three people in Mexico, authorities said Wednesday.

Waters rushing down mountainsides caused flash floods that swept away two people in the town of Zitacuaro in the western state of Michoacan, said the state's director of civil protection, Nicolas Alfaro.

The fatalities were a 50-year-old man and an eight-year-old girl.

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.

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.

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, with a toll of 157 dead.

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