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Lorenzo batters Gulf coastline, kills four

September 29, 2007

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— Hurricane Lorenzo hit Mexico's central Gulf coast on Friday, flinging roofs and billboards through the air and causing landslides. At least four people died.

The storm brought steady rain to much of central Mexico. In Puebla state, a saturated hillside collapsed, killing a woman and two children. An 83-year-old man died in the town of Panuco in Veracruz after he fell into a hole in the drenched soil near his home, local police said.

Following roughly the same path as August's deadly Hurricane Dean, Lorenzo quickly weakened to a tropical depression as it charged inland, drenching Veracruz state's lush mountains and filling rivers with roaring water. The storm had dissipated by late Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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