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Sonia hits Mexico as tropical depression, prompts evacuations

This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, November 03 shows Tropical Storm Sonia approaching the southern Baja Peninsula

This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, November 03 shows Tropical Storm Sonia approaching the southern Baja Peninsula


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    Monday, November 4, 2013, 8:11 AM -

    Sonia was downgraded to a tropical depression as it hit land in Mexico on Monday.

    According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Sonia reached the coast of Sinaloa near the city of El Dorado early Monday morning.

    Although the storm dissipated as it hit land, heavy rains caused minor flooding in cities such as Mazatlan and Culiacan, forcing the evacuation of around 1,000 people, authorities said. 

    The government of Sinaloa state said school classes were cancelled for Monday in five municipalities affected by the storm.

    Sonia first formed last Friday as Tropical Depression Eighteen-E southwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. It became a tropical storm on Sunday morning.

    With files from The Associated Press

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