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