Dueling Storms Wallop Mexico From 2 Sides

21 killed as Ingrid, Manuel hit country with 1-2 punch

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 16, 2013 4:00 AM CDT | Updated Sep 16, 2013 7:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – The remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel continued to deluge Mexico's southwestern Pacific shoulder with dangerous rains while Hurricane Ingrid—now weakened to a tropical storm—made landfall today on the country's opposite coast in an unusual double onslaught that authorities say has caused at least 21 deaths. The heaviest blow yesterday fell on the southern coastal state of Guerrero, where Mexico's government confirmed 14 deaths. State officials say people have been killed in landslides, drownings in a swollen river, and a truck crash on a rain-slickened mountain highway. Getting hit by a tropical storm and a hurricane at the same time "is completely atypical" for Mexico, says the country's National Weather Service coordinator.

Ingrid, the second hurricane of the Atlantic storm season, hit mainland near La Pesca this morning, and is now blowing at 65mph, reports CNN. Authorities in the Gulf states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz evacuated more than 7,000 people from low-lying areas as Ingrid closed in, and the prospect of severe weather prompted some communities to cancel Independence Day celebrations planned for yesterday and today. Manuel is expected to dump up to 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of Guerrero and Michoacan states, with maximums of 25 inches possible in some isolated areas. Ingrid is also expected to bring very heavy rains.

A man walks past tied up chairs at the Miramar beach as Hurricane Ingrid approaches the coast in Ciudad Madero, Mexico, Sunday Sept. 15, 2013.
A man walks past tied up chairs at the Miramar beach as Hurricane Ingrid approaches the coast in Ciudad Madero, Mexico, Sunday Sept. 15, 2013.   (Felix Marquez)
Flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Manuel enter a neighborhood in the city of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Sunday Sept. 15, 2013. 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...
Flood waters caused by Tropical Storm Manuel enter a neighborhood in the city of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Sunday Sept. 15, 2013. In the southern Pacific Coast state of Guerrero, rains unleashed by Manuel...   (Alejandrino Gonzalez)
A man takes a photo with his phone as a car lies on its side after a portion of a hill collapsed due to heavy rains in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.Flooding and landslides unleashed by Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel have...
A man takes a photo with his phone as a car lies on its side after a portion of a hill collapsed due to heavy rains in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.Flooding and...   (Bernandino Hernandez)
Rain water pours into the beach due to heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Manuel in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. Flooding and landslides unleashed by Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel have claimed at least a dozen lives in Mexico and sparked the...
Rain water pours into the beach due to heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Manuel in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. Flooding and landslides unleashed by Hurricane...   (Bernandino Hernandez)
Army soldiers work to try to get their vehicle out of a flooded portion of a road caused by Tropical Storm Manuel in the city of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Sunday Sept. 15, 2013. In the southern Pacific Coast state of Guerrero, rains unleashed by Manuel resulted in the deaths of six...
Army soldiers work to try to get their vehicle out of a flooded portion of a road caused by Tropical Storm Manuel in the city of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Sunday Sept. 15, 2013. In the southern Pacific Coast...   (Alejandrino Gonzalez)
Rain water pours into the beach due to heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Manuel in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.
Rain water pours into the beach due to heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Manuel in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
A car lies on its side after a portion of a hill collapsed due to heavy rains in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.
A car lies on its side after a portion of a hill collapsed due to heavy rains in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
In this image taken Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at 2:45am shows Hurricane Ingrid approaching the coast of Mexico and Tropical Storm Manuel off the western coast of Mexico.
In this image taken Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at 2:45am shows Hurricane Ingrid approaching the coast of Mexico and Tropical Storm Manuel off the western coast of Mexico.   (AP Photo/NOAA)
In this image taken Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at 2:45am shows Hurricane Ingrid approaching the coast of Mexico and Tropical Storm Manuel off the western coast of Mexico.
In this image taken Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at 2:45am shows Hurricane Ingrid approaching the coast of Mexico and Tropical Storm Manuel off the western coast of Mexico.   (AP Photo/NOAA)
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