In Acapulco, Mexico more than 10,000 tourists have been evacuated by military and commercial plane, with about 40,000 more stuck in this beach resort town. While the weather in Acapulco has improved slightly, Manuel has strengthened to become a full-fledged hurricane, threatening the state of Sinaloa to the north. The category 1 hurricane made landfall Thursday (9/19/13) and the extent of the damage continue to emerge.
Watch the effects of Hurricane Manuel:
On Thursday morning, Manuel was about 20 miles (~32 kilometers) northwest of Altata, Mexico, packing winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and is expected to produce 5 to 10 inches of rain over Sinaloa, with some locations getting as much as 15 inches. At least 80 people have lost their lives with another 58 reported missing, after a mudslide occurred about 50 miles from Acapulco.
Crocodiles infest Acapulco due to floodwaters caused by Manuel:
Mexican authorities have reopened the highway leading out of Acapulco which should allow for thousands more to leave this storm-ravaged area and speed up the flow of food and other aid.
Looting in Acapulco caused by Manuel:
On the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Ingrid and its remnants claimed 11 lives in the state of Veracruz, with about 32,000 people evacuating their homes.
Ingrid and Manuel pummeling Mexico:
More than 1 million residents across Mexico have been affected in some way by the storms, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told reporters. There is another storm system brewing in the south, causing great concern on the Gulf Coast, as residents prepare for even more rain in this already saturated area.
We are saddened by the loss of life these storms have caused and pray for the safety and recovery of those impacted.
Stay Safe. Know Before™.
-The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team