OF­FI­CIALS RUSH TO VIL­LAGES HIT BY HUR­RI­CANE

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

Emer­gency work­ers on Wednes­day were strug­gling to reach beach towns left in­com­mu­ni­cado by a blow from hur­ri­cane Willa, and rains from the storm con­tin­ued to force evac­u­a­tions due to fear of flood­ing even as it dis­si­pated over north­ern Mex­ico.

There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of deaths, but the storm’s 195 km/h winds knocked out power, top­pled wood-shack homes and ripped me­tal roofing off other houses in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Es­cuinapa.

The mayor, Hugo Moreno, said res­cue work­ers were still try­ing to com­mu­ni­cate with sev­eral sea­side com­mu­ni­ties.

In neigh­bour­ing Na­yarit state, Gov. An­to­nio Echevar­ria asked the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to send res­cue equip­ment, and said the state is try­ing to evac­u­ate peo­ple in com­mu­ni­ties at risk of flood­ing.

MARCO UGARTE / THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A fam­ily stands near their dam­aged home and de­bris in the af­ter­math of hur­ri­cane Willa, in Es­cuinapa, Mex­ico, on Wednes­day. Emer­gency work­ers were strug­gling to reach beach towns left in­com­mu­ni­cado by the storm.

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