MEXICO CITY (AP) — The death toll from the remnants of Hurricane Earl grew to 38 in Mexico on Sunday as a new tropical storm formed off the country's Pacific Coast.
At least 28 people died in multiple mudslides in the mountainous north of Puebla state, National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said in an interview with ForoTV. He said 25 of the dead were in various parts of the township of Huauchinango and three were in Tlaola.
Rains also set off mudslides in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz that killed 10 people, officials reported. Gov. Javier Duarte said the landslides were in the towns of Coscomatepec, Tequila and Huayacocotla.
Heavy rain continued in the area, leading officials to close a section of the main federal highway connecting Mexico City to the region. Crews spent the day clearing a number of landslides from the road, but authorities said mud was continuing to slide with the new rain.
Federal transportation authorities said the area had received a month's worth of rain in 24 hours.
Earlier, Gabriel Alvarado, mayor of the township of Huauchinango, said in a statement that intense rains caused damage affecting at least 200 people. At the time, he confirmed eight deaths, but predicted the toll would rise.
"It is a tragedy what has happened to our people in Huauchinango," he said.
Tropical Storm Javier formed off Mexico's Pacific Coast on Sunday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Javier had sustained winds of about 45 mph (75 kph) and was centered about 155 miles (250 kilometers) west-northwest of Manzanillo at midafternoon. The storm was moving west-northwest at about 14 mph (22 kph).
The storm was staying offshore from Mexico's southwestern coast, and forecasters said Javier would approach the resort-dotted southern portion of the Baja California Peninsula by early Tuesday.
Heavy rains of between 4 and 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) were expected, along with high winds. A tropical storm warning was in effect from Manzanillo to Cabo Corrientes and from the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula to Santa Fe.
Earl was briefly a Category 1 hurricane before hitting the Central American nation of Belize and then Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, dumping rain and triggering landslides. It regained strength after passing over the Gulf of Mexico before making a second landfall on Veracruz's coast late Friday.