Man dies trying to cross stream in vehicle in northern Mexico

Mexico City, Aug 19 (EFE).- A man lost his life Saturday after he tried to cross a stream in his car and was swept away by the current in Baja California Sur, Mexico, a state affected by rains caused by Hurricane Hilary, according to a local mayor.

Edith Aguilar Villavicencio said that “four people were rescued, but unfortunately the streams claimed the life of one of the members of this family from Vizcaino,” she said on social media.

According to Aguilar Villavicencio, although the rescuers did everything possible to save the man’s life, they could not cross the streams because the current was too high. She added that the contingency plan for the storm is not over yet.

“It depends on everyone and it is everyone’s responsibility to take care of and protect ourselves. Once again, I call on you to attend to preventive measures, the strongest comes from Hilary,” she said.

Hurricane Hilary, which on Saturday weakened to Category 2, is expected to hit the Baja California peninsula early Sunday morning and enter California, United States, according to the National Weather Service.

The passage of the weather front has alerted the federal authorities who have established the orange and yellow alert for the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur.

In Baja California, they declared a state of pre-alert and temporary shelters have begun to be installed throughout the state to deal with any emergency.

The secretary of the Mexican navy and army said teams went out Friday afternoon to the various risk areas of the state, to implement a prevention plan.

To date, seven named cyclones have formed in the current pacific hurricane season: Adrian, Beatriz, Calvin, Dora, Eugene, Fernanda, and Greg, none causing damage in Mexico.

The Mexican government forecast in May the formation of up to 38 named cyclones in the 2023 season, of which five would impact the country.

Of those, 16 and 22 could occur in the Pacific Ocean, and 10 to 16 in the Atlantic. EFE


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