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Death Toll from Tennessee Flash Floods Rises to 22; Hurricane Grace Kills at Least 8 in Mexico

HeadlineAug 23, 2021

In Tennessee, at least 22 people were killed and 20 are missing after torrential rains and flash floods hit parts of the state Saturday. One family lost twin babies after they were reportedly swept from their father’s arms. A hard-hit town reported a record 17 inches of rainfall in one day.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Henri lashed Northeastern states with heavy rains and winds over the weekend after making landfall in Rhode Island. Emergency declarations were issued for Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.

In Mexico, Hurricane Grace slammed into the eastern state of Veracruz Saturday, killing at least eight people. Among the victims were six members of the same family, five of them children. The Category 3 hurricane also destroyed homes and businesses, leaving behind a scene of devastation.

Norma Sanchez: “You can see the municipalities destroyed. People are sick. There are a lot of needs. Authorities need to come and take note of the scene. We have no one to help us, to help a lot of people that are in a bad way with COVID-19. There’s a lot of need. Many are in need of help.”

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