'Life-Threatening' Hurricane Ingrid to Drench Mexico

2nd hurricane of the season expected to cause torrential rain and flooding

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 14, 2013 5:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – Tropical Storm Ingrid has a new name: Hurricane Ingrid. Its status was upgraded today, making it the second hurricane of the Atlantic season. Ingrid is currently off Mexico's Gulf Coast, packing winds of up to 75mph, reports the AP. Along with tropical storm Manuel—which is expected to reach the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Guerrero tomorrow—the pair are a "significant hazard," warns the US National Hurricane Center. "The moist flow resulting from the combination of Manuel and ... Ingrid in the bay of Campeche will produce torrential rains and life-threatening flooding over eastern Mexico," it said in a statement, per Bloomberg.

Ingrid is currently 195 miles off Tuxpan, in Veracruz state, and will likely reach Mexico's coast on Monday, reports the AFP. It is expected to dump some 10 to 15 inches of rain over much of eastern Mexico, though some mountain areas could get up to 25 inches. Heavy rain in Veracruz this week has already killed 14 people. Officials are evacuating eight towns in the state, and have moved 1,000 people to 12 shelters, reports the AP.

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