Wednesday, May 23, 2018

24 dead as hurricane, TS devastate Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico — Heavy rains and landslides caused at least 24 deaths and led authorities to evacuate thousands as Tropical Storm Manuel edged onto Mexico's Pacific coast Sunday while Hurricane Ingrid swirled offshore on the other side of the country.

Stormy conditions led some communities to cancel Independence Day celebrations.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Manuel began to weaken as soon as it made landfall near the port of Manzanillo in the afternoon but remained a threat with flash floods and mudslides. Expected to dump 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of Guerrero and Michoacan state, Manuel was predicted to dissipate by today.

In the southern coastal state of Guerrero, six people died when their SUV lost control on a rain-swept highway headed for the tourist resort of Acapulco. Landslides killed two people in Guerrero, and the collapse of a fence killed one person in Acapulco.

Manuel had maximum sustained winds of about 45 mph and was moving to the northwest at 9 mph late Sunday afternoon. Its center was about 15 miles north of Manzanillo.

Rains from Ingrid caused landslides that killed three people in the central state of Puebla, and a woman died when a landslide buried her house in Hidalgo state.

The hurricane center said Ingrid, the second hurricane of the Atlantic storm season, could reach the Mexican mainland early today after gathering strength over the warm waters of the gulf. It was packing top sustained winds of 85 mph as it slowly crawled toward land with little change in strength.

Ingrid was centered about 110 miles east-northwest of the port city of Tampico as it moved west-northwest at 6 mph. A hurricane warning was in effect from Cabo Rojo to La Pesca. A week ago, 13 people died in the state when a landslide buried their homes in heavy rains spawned by Tropical Depression Fernand.

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