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A man walks in a flooded street due to heavy rains caused by Hurricane Grace in Tecolutla, Veracruz, Mexico, on Saturday. Photo: Victoria Razo/AFP via Getty Images

Tropical Storm Grace made landfall in Mexico as a Category 3 hurricane on Saturday, but has since weakened, according to the National Hurricane Center.

State of play: Veracruz state authorities said at least eight people have been killed amid the storm. Grace went through a burst of rapid intensification Friday night, going from a Category 1 to a Category 3 hurricane in less than 24 hours.

  • The NHC clarified that the storm's maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph.

Details: As of 2 p.m. EST, Grace was located about 35 miles northwest of Mexico City. The storm is moving west at nearly 13 mph, with a generally westward motion expected through early Sunday.

  • The NHC forecasts Grace to further weaken as it moves over the mountains of central and west-central Mexico between Saturday and Sunday. It is expected to become a tropical depression later Saturday and dissipate by early Sunday.
  • A tropical storm warning is in effect from Puerto Veracruz to Barra del Tordo, meaning storm conditions are expected within these areas.

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Storms pummel flood-hit Pacific Northwest as border river overflows

An image of the water-logged Sumas Prairie area taken Friday. Photo: British Columbia Ministry of Transportation/Twitter

The latest ferocious storm system to hit the Pacific Northwest triggered fresh evacuation orders and at least one mudslide in flood-ravaged British Columbia, Canada, late Sunday.

Threat level: Flood sirens sounded in Washington state as the Nooksack River overflowed. Henry Braun, mayor of Abbotsford, B.C., told reporters the water flow was headed toward the Canadian border city later Sunday. "There's nothing to stop it," he said.

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Arizona governor sues Biden administration over COVID funds tied to mandates

A teacher prepares a hallway barrier to help students maintain social distancing at John B. Wright Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona, on Aug. 14, 2020. Photo: Cheney Orr/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) filed a lawsuit Friday against the Biden administration for ordering the state to stop allocating federal COVID relief funds to schools that don't comply with public health recommendations such as masking, the Arizona Republic reports.

Why it matters: The Treasury Department said last week that the state would have to pay back the money if Ducey does not redesignate the $173 million programs to ensure they don't "undermine efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19."