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Sandstorm in Sonora: This is how it left damage in Guaymas and Empalme (Videos)

A sandstorm on Thursday in the north left extensive material damage, as well as 80 percent of the population without electricity service in the area of ​​Guaymas and Empalme. No fatalities have been reported from the accident.

The State Coordination of Civil Protection (CEPC) in Sonora reported that they are working in coordination with the three levels of government to restore electricity, due to the damage left by the sandstorm in the Guaymas-Empalme region, which literally took the population by surprise, since no authority warned in advance.

This surprised some vacationers on the high seas and several videos circulated where people can be seen in boats facing the storm, in addition to others where it was possible to capture lightning strikes a power pole.

The sandstorm that arose on the evening of July 20, in the Guaymas area, affected 80 percent of the population that was left without electricity, while 23 poles were reported to have fallen; six cables on the floor caused by falling objects.

The storm knocked down four trees; three cases of broken glass were reported; two aquatic rescues and two short circuits, in addition to 10 spectacular falls and eight different supports granted by the authorities to the population.

The damages, in the case of Splice, include 40 fallen posts; structural damage to 30 homes, mainly with the blowing up of tin roofs; 35 fallen trees were reported, as well as a damaged private communication tower.

Neither in Guaymas nor in Empalme were injured people reported by the weather phenomenon.

At press time, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) reported that 53 percent of the population that was affected by power cuts has already restored service, although there is still a considerable number of people who are without service.

The Commission reported that the sandstorm affected 55 thousand 162 usersthat is, 5 percent of the total users in the region.

Likewise, the authorities clarified that it is not possible to detect these atypical phenomena with any measurement tool or instrument, as is the case with other types of natural phenomena or events.

Sonora Civil Protection made a recommendation to receive preventive information, in addition to always verifying the notices that are made by the official accounts of the different levels of government.

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