Ingrid weakens to a tropical storm after making landfall near La Pesca
Monday, September 16, 2013, 10:02 AM -
Two big storms hit Mexico from opposite directions leaving at least 21 dead in mudslides and floods.
Ingrid has weakened to a tropical storm after making landfall along the coast of Mexico near La Pesca Monday morning.
Torrential rainfall is expected on already water-logged areas of eastern Mexico. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Ingrid is expected to produce between 250-380 mm of rain, with isolated amounts of 600 mm possible.
"These rains are likely to result in life-threatening flash floods and mudslides," the centre warns.
A dangerous storm surge will also raise water levels by as much as four feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast. The surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.
Unfortunately, these same areas have recently been drenched by Tropical Storm Fernand, Tropical Depression Eight, and ordinary thunderstorms. As a result, a potentially catastrophic flood event could occur if Ingrid brings the amount of rain forecast over eastern Mexico.
Authorities in the Gulf states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz evacuated more than 7,000 people from low-lying areas as the hurricane closed in. More than 1,000 homes in Veracruz have been affected by the storm and several highways and bridges have been damaged, the state's civil protection authority said.
Meanwhile, Manuel came ashore as a tropical storm Sunday afternoon near the Pacific port of Manzanillo, but quickly began losing strength and was downgraded to a tropical depression late Sunday.
The storm dissipated early Monday, but officials warned its rains could still cause flash floods and mudslides.
The remnants of Manuel are expected to dump as much as 400 mm of rain over parts of Guerrero and Michoacan states, with more than 600 mm possible in some isolated areas.
Getting hit by a tropical storm and a hurricane at the same time "is completely atypical'' for Mexico, the country's National Weather Service said.
With files from The Associated Press