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Hurricane Alex has brought torrential rain as it weakened to a tropical storm over northeastern Mexico, flooding the city of Monterrey.


The Santa Catalina river raged through Monterrey
The Santa Catalina river raged through Monterrey

At least two people were killed when a river burst its banks, inundating2(淹没,泛滥) roads and washing away(冲走) cars.

Alex was a category two hurricane when it hit the Gulf3 coast on Wednesday night, but lost force as it moved inland.

It was expected to dissipate(驱散) over the Mexican highlands on Friday.

The usually dry Santa Catarina river that runs through the centre of Monterrey turned into a raging torrent1(奔流,急流) , flooding major highways and paralysing(使……瘫痪) Mexico's third-biggest city.

One man died after he was swept nearly 500 metres by the waters and trapped against a fence. The body of another drowned man was found in a creek4(小溪,小湾) .

Virgin5 toppled

A 12-tonne statue of the revered6(敬畏,崇敬) Virgin of Guadalupe was knocked off its plinth(底座) on the river bank.

Flood waters also hit the city zoo, sweeping7 animals including buffalo8 from their pens, the Reuters news agency reported.

Alex was the first hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic season, and the first to appear in June since 1995.

It caused severe flooding along Mexico's Gulf coast when it made landfall on Wednesday night.

Emergency workers in the port city of Matamoros have been using boats to assess the damage in some neighbourhoods.

"The city is practically under water" the director of civil defence, Saul Hernandez, told the AP news agency.

"But the most important thing is there was no loss of life. We took opportune9(适当的) measures to evacuate10 people"

Thousands of people in coastal11 villages were moved to higher ground before the storm hit.

Many towns were left without electricity, and phone lines were also down.

Heavy seas caused by the storm also disrupted BP's oil spill clean-up in the Gulf of Mexico.

Alex largely spared the US state of Texas, which had prepared for a possible direct hit.

It brought heavy rain and caused at least two tornadoes12(龙卷风) , but there were no reports of injuries or major damage.

However, there are still warnings of possible flash-flooding in some areas of the state.


1 torrent 7GCyH     
  • The torrent scoured a channel down the hillside. 急流沿着山坡冲出了一条沟。
  • Her pent-up anger was released in a torrent of words.她压抑的愤怒以滔滔不绝的话爆发了出来。
2 inundating 86b2733b79830eb72b2217f5dae184d3     
v.淹没( inundate的现在分词 );(洪水般地)涌来;充满;给予或交予(太多事物)使难以应付
  • Floodwaters are inundating states up and down the Eastern Seaboard. 洪水淹没了东部沿海各州。 来自互联网
  • Their invasion of the city effecttidal wave inundating first the immigrant colonies. 他们的涌入城市,象潮头一样首先淹没了移民地带。 来自互联网
3 gulf 1e0xp     
  • The gulf between the two leaders cannot be bridged.两位领导人之间的鸿沟难以跨越。
  • There is a gulf between the two cities.这两座城市间有个海湾。
4 creek 3orzL     
  • He sprang through the creek.他跳过小河。
  • People sunbathe in the nude on the rocks above the creek.人们在露出小溪的岩石上裸体晒日光浴。
5 virgin phPwj     
  • Have you ever been to a virgin forest?你去过原始森林吗?
  • There are vast expanses of virgin land in the remote regions.在边远地区有大片大片未开垦的土地。
6 revered 1d4a411490949024694bf40d95a0d35f     
v.崇敬,尊崇,敬畏( revere的过去式和过去分词 )
  • A number of institutions revered and respected in earlier times have become Aunt Sally for the present generation. 一些早年受到尊崇的惯例,现在已经成了这代人嘲弄的对象了。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The Chinese revered corn as a gift from heaven. 中国人将谷物奉为上天的恩赐。 来自辞典例句
7 sweeping ihCzZ4     
  • The citizens voted for sweeping reforms.公民投票支持全面的改革。
  • Can you hear the wind sweeping through the branches?你能听到风掠过树枝的声音吗?
8 buffalo 1Sby4     
  • Asian buffalo isn't as wild as that of America's. 亚洲水牛比美洲水牛温顺些。
  • The boots are made of buffalo hide. 这双靴子是由水牛皮制成的。
9 opportune qIXxR     
  • Her arrival was very opportune.她来得非常及时。
  • The timing of our statement is very opportune.我们发表声明选择的时机很恰当。
10 evacuate ai1zL     
  • We must evacuate those soldiers at once!我们必须立即撤出这些士兵!
  • They were planning to evacuate the seventy American officials still in the country.他们正计划转移仍滞留在该国的70名美国官员。
11 coastal WWiyh     
  • The ocean waves are slowly eating away the coastal rocks.大海的波浪慢慢地侵蚀着岸边的岩石。
  • This country will fortify the coastal areas.该国将加强沿海地区的防御。
12 tornadoes d428421c5237427db20a5bcb22937389     
n.龙卷风,旋风( tornado的名词复数 )
  • Tornadoes, severe earthquakes, and plagues create wide spread havoc. 龙卷风、大地震和瘟疫成普遍的毁坏。 来自互联网
  • Meteorologists are at odds over the working of tornadoes. 气象学者对龙卷风的运动方式看法不一。 来自互联网
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