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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mexico Battered with TWO STORMS - Dozen Deaths

Hurricane Ingrid Threatens Major Flooding to Mexico

Thousands being evacuated.

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
September 15, 2013; 5:45 AM
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The southwestern Gulf of Mexico has given birth to Hurricane Ingrid in the Atlantic. The system will spread flooding downpours into eastern Mexico and some much-needed rain into South Texas.
Ingrid has already been a very slow-moving system, which will lead to a potential for very damaging and life-threatening flooding in portions of eastern Mexico.
The greatest impacts from Ingrid will be heavy rainfall and the potential for flooding and mudslides.
Hurricane Ingrid, TS Manuel near Mexico, kill 12
In this image provided by NOAA taken Sunday Sept. 15, 2013 at 2:45 a.m. EDT shows hurricane Ingrid in the Gulf of Mexico approaching the coast of Mexico and tropical storm Manuel just off the western coast of Mexico. Hurricane Ingrid was packing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (140 kph) early Sunday. The storm was centered about 175 miles (280 km) east of Tampico, Mexico and moving north-northwest at 7 mph (11 km). Off Mexico's Pacific coast, Tropical Storm Manuel was getting stronger, moving with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph) and expected to be nearing the southwestern coast of Mexico by Sunday morning, possibly as a hurricane. (AP Photo/NOAA)

Hurricane Ingrid And Tropical Storm Manuel Kill At Least A Dozen In Mexico

Fox News Latino
The floodgates opened in Mexico with some deadly results.

Thanks to Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel, at least a dozen lives have been claimed as thousands of people are being evacuated even before either made landfall.

In the southern Pacific Coast state of Guerrero, rains unleashed by Manuel resulted in the deaths of six people when their SUV lost control on a highway headed for the tourist resort of Acapulco. Another five people died in landslides in Guerrero and Puebla states, while the collapse of a fence killed another person in Acapulco.

The eye of Manuel was churning very near Mexico's southwest Pacific shoreline Sunday while on the other side of the country, thousands on the country's Gulf Coast sought shelter from Ingrid amid the threat of heavy rains, dangerous flash floods and mudslides.

Manuel and Ingrid appeared set to mar several planned observances of the country's Sept. 15 and 16 Independence Day celebrations.

ACAPULCO, Mexico - 

The Mexican government late Saturday issued a hurricane warning for the country's Pacific Coast from Lazaro Cardenas to Manzanillo. The storm was expected to rapidly weaken once it began heading into the Mexican interior through the afternoon.

Manuel was expected to dump 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Guerrero with maximums of 25 inches possible in some isolated areas. Authorities said those rains would present an especially dangerous threat in mountains, where flash floods and mudslides were possible.

Hurricane Ingrid also was expected to dump very heavy rains. It was centred Sunday about 150 miles (240 km) east of Tampico, Mexico, and moving northwest at 7 mph (11 km). A hurricane warning from Ingrid was in effect from Cabo Rojo to La Pesca.

In Tamaulipas state to the north, where Ingrid is expected to make landfall, the government said in a statement that Independence Day festivities were cancelled in the cities of Tampico, Madero and Altamira. The Sept. 15 and 16 celebrations commemorate Mexico's battle of independence from Spain.

Officials in the Gulf state of Veracruz began evacuating coastal residents Friday night, and civil protection authorities said that more than 5,300 people had been moved to safer ground. Of those, about 3,500 people were being housed in official shelters with the rest staying with family and friends. There were no immediate reports of injuries blamed on the storm.
More than 1,000 homes in Veracruz state have been affected by the storm to varying degrees, and 20 highways and 12 bridges have suffered damages, according to the state's civil protection authority.

A bridge collapsed near the northern Veracruz city of Misantla on Friday, cutting off the area from the state capital. Thirteen people died when a landslide buried their homes in heavy rains spawned by Tropical Depression Fernand on Monday.
State officials imposed an orange alert, the highest possible, in parts of southern Veracruz.
Associated Press writer Rodrigo Soberanes Santin contributed to this report from Xalapa, Mexico.

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    A man walks through a flooded street during heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Ingrid in the Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Friday Sept. 13., 2013. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

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