Ingrid and Manuel Batter Mexico – Thousands Impacted

Tropical Storm Ingrid and the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel battered Mexico’s Pacific and Gulf coasts with torrential rains Monday, flooding towns and cities, choking off highways, and setting off devastating landslides that have caused 33 deaths.

Mexico getting attacked on both coasts - Credit: WeatherBug Meteorologists

Mexico getting attacked on both coasts – Credit: WeatherBug Meteorologists

The governor of the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz announced Monday afternoon that 12 people had been killed when a landslide hit a bus traveling through the town of Altotonga, about 40 miles northwest of the state capital. Gov. Javier Duarte said the death toll could grow as bodies were recovered. More than 23,000 people have fled their homes in the state due to heavy rains and 9,000 are in emergency shelters.

Overlooking the ocean (in South Padre Island, TX) before Hurricane Ingrid makes landfall in Mexico. - Credit: WeatherBug user David Serna

Overlooking the ocean (in South Padre Island, TX) before Hurricane Ingrid makes landfall in Mexico. – Credit: WeatherBug user David Serna

The heaviest blow Sunday fell on the southern coastal state of Guerrero, where Mexico’s government reported 14 confirmed deaths. State officials said people had been killed in landslides, drownings in a swollen river and a truck crash on a rain-slickened mountain highway.

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Credit: (3) via Flickr

Mexico’s federal Civil Protection coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente, told reporters late Sunday that stormy weather from one or both of the two systems also caused 3 deaths in Hidalgo, 3 in Puebla and 1 in Oaxaca.

Stormy in Acapulco - Credit: LimiH via Flickr

Stormy in Acapulco – Credit: LimiH via Flickr

Authorities in the Gulf states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz evacuated more than 7,000 people from low-lying areas as the hurricane closed in, and the prospect of severe weather prompted some communities to cancel Independence Day celebrations.

Credit: cpence via Flickr

Credit: cpence via Flickr

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, although officials warned its rains could still cause flash floods and mudslides. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the system dissipated early Monday. The rains caused some rivers to overflow in Guerrero, damaging hundreds of homes and disrupting communications for several hours.

Storms muddy a swimming pool - Credit: wisley via Flickr

Storms muddy a swimming pool – Credit: wisley via Flickr

Storm rolling in - Credit: The Sean & Lauren Spectacular via Flickr

Storm rolling in – Credit: The Sean & Lauren Spectacular via Flickr

Manuel was expected to dump up to 15 inches of rain over parts of Guerrero and Michoacan states, with maximums of 25 inches possible in some isolated areas. Rains of 5 to 10 inches were possible in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit, with possible maximums of 20 inches in some places. Authorities said the rains presented a dangerous threat in mountains, where flash floods and mudslides were possible.
Credit: AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker via Flickr

Credit: AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker via Flickr

Ingrid also was expected to bring very heavy rains. It had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) early Monday and was centered about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of the coastal town of La Pesca in the border state of Tamaulipas. It was moving west-northwest at 8 mph (13 kph). A tropical storm warning was in effect from La Cruz to Rio San Fernando.
Storm rolling into the Gulf - Credit: kthypryn via Flickr

Storm rolling into the Gulf – Credit: kthypryn via Flickr

More than 1,000 homes in Veracruz state had been affected by the storm to varying degrees, and 20 highways and 12 bridges were damaged, the state’s civil protection authority said. A bridge collapsed near the northern Veracruz city of Misantla on Friday, cutting off the area from the state capital, Xalapa.

Beach umbrella before an approaching storm - Credit: Alaskan Dude via Flickr

Beach umbrella before an approaching storm – Credit: Alaskan Dude via Flickr

2.95 inches of rain was measured from one of our WeatherBug stations in Santa Catarina, Mexico at the American School Foundation of Monterrey (high elevation of 2,201 feet). Peak gust at 5:50 am in Puebla, Mexico were 50 mph.

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-The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team

Post written help from article by Rodrigo Soberanes Santin, Jose Antonio Rivera, The Associated Press

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