Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel are combining forces as they ravage Mexico, causing widespread damage all the way from the Gulf to the Pacific Coast. Thousands of victims have been sent to emergency shelters.
Torrential rainfall and strong winds from Hurricane Ingrid threatened a wide swath of Mexico's Gulf coast early Monday and Tropical Storm Manuel drenched the country's Pacific coast, as mudslides and flash floods killed 21 people and prompted thousands of evacuations.
Mexico's Civil Protection coordinator Luis Felipe Puenta confirmed 14 deaths in Guerrero, three in Hidalgo, three in Pueblo and one in Oaxaca on Friday.
Ingrid, which strengthened Saturday to become the second hurricane of the Atlantic season, had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph late Sunday and was expected to reach Mexico's eastern coast early Monday, the National Hurricane Center said. A hurricane warning was in effect from Cabo Rojo to La Pesca, and people in South Texas -- including the Brownsville and Corpus Christi areas -- were advised to monitor the storm, Weather.com reported Sunday.
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A handout image made available by Veracruz News shows a group of people walking through the flooded streets in Misantla, Veracruz, Mexico, Sept. 14, 2013.
The hurricane was centered about 110 miles northeast of the Tamaulipas state city of Tampico and was moving west-northwest at 6 mph.
The threat of the approaching hurricane led Mexican officials in the Tampico, Madero and Altamira to cancel Independence Day festivities on Sunday and Monday, The Associated Press reported. The Sept. 15-16 events commemorate Mexico's battle for independence from Spain.
In Veracruz, more than 5,000 people were moved to higher ground on Friday as officials issued a hurricane alert for parts of the state ahead of Ingrid. More than 1,000 homes were affected and scores of bridges and highways suffered damage from flooding caused by already heavy rains, the AP reported.
Manuel weakened as it made landfall Sunday afternoon near the western port of Manzanillo, but not without drenching the region first. The National Hurricane Center warned more flash floods and dangerous landslides were possible Monday in the southern states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, particularly in mountainous areas.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of around 35 mph late Sunday and was still expected to deluge the area with 10-15 inches of rain, forecasters said. Up to 25 inches of rain was possible in some places, with a band of tropical force winds extending 105 miles from its center, the Hurricane Center said.
It was centered around 70 miles northwest of Manzanillo and was moving northwest at around 8 mph.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
This story was originally published on Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:46 PM EDT