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Hurricane Isis Kills at Least 10

September 5, 1998

LOS MOCHIS, Mexico (AP) _ Hurricane Isis has left at least 10 people dead, destroyed hundreds of homes and forced road closures in two Mexican states, officials say.

Jose Antonio Linan, civil defense spokesman in the state of Sinaloa, said authorities recovered the body of a man who had been swept away by an overflowing stream, raising the death toll in the state to eight, the government’s Notimex news agency reported.

About 300 houses were destroyed. Federal officials said road closures had stranded more than 1,200 bus passengers in the Pacific coast state.

Seemingly harder hit but with a lower death toll was the Los Cabos region at the tip of the Baja California peninsula.

More than 12 hours of heavy rains and shrieking winds late Tuesday and early Wednesday ravaged city streets, cut all roads to the north and killed a couple. The body of the husband, who had been missing since the storm, was recovered Friday, Notimex reported.

Notimex said troops were using shovels and bars to free at least 120 cars buried in mud that rushed down ravines and through city streets.

The hurricane reached winds of 75 mph, but quickly dissipated after making landfall near Los Mochis and heading inland.

Isis brought more than 8 inches of rain in a day to Empalme, near the fishing and tourist town of Guaymas in Sonora state. Even normally parched San Bernardino near the U.S. border received 2.2 inches, according to the National Meteorological Service.

In the southern state of Chiapas, heavy rain caused the Pijijiapan River to overflow its banks, destroying 20 houses and hundreds of acres of corn in several villages, officials said.

Over three days, rain has forced more than 2,000 people from their homes in 40 villages in the state.

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