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
Dueling Storms Wallop Mexico From 2 Sides
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)

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. (Read more Mexico stories.)

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