Farther to the south, the remnants of Tropical Storm Vicente continued to bring heavy rain that caused deadly flooding and mudslides in southern and southwestern Mexico. Federal disaster agency chief Luis Felipe Puente said 11 people died as a result of Vicente. Local officials earlier put the figure at 12.
Officials in Oaxaca state said seven adults and five children had lost their lives in drownings or mudslides. After leaving Mexico, Willa, which absorbed moisture from Vicente’s remnants, was expected to drop between 1 and 3 inches of rain in already saturated parts of Texas.
By Friday, Willa is expected to become aand threaten parts of the Eastern Seaboard. “It’s going to retain its identity and then kinda merge with Gulf of Mexico moisture, a big front that’s going to be swinging down from the Great Lakes,” Berardelli said on CBSN, “and we’re going to be talking about a major nor’easter for us here in New York City but really up and down the whole Eastern Seaboard.”
Jeff Berardelli contributed to this report.