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Hurricane Ingrid forms off Mexico

A man walks through a flooded street during heavy rains caused by Hurricane Ingrid in the gulf city of Veracruz, Mexico, on Friday.

Associated Press

A man walks through a flooded street during heavy rains caused by Hurricane Ingrid in the gulf city of Veracruz, Mexico, on Friday.

XALAPA, Mexico — Ingrid became the second hurricane of the Atlantic storm season off Mexico on Saturday.

Several thousand people were evacuated for the hurricane while Tropical Storm Manuel threatened to cause flash floods and mudslides on the opposite side of the country.

On Saturday evening, Hurricane Ingrid had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. The storm was centered about 195 miles east of Tuxpan, Veracruz, Mexico, and moving north at 7 mph.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said if Ingrid stays on the forecast track, it's likely to reach the coast of Mexico on Monday.

In Tamaulipas state to the north, where the Hurricane Center says Ingrid will probably make landfall, the government said in a statement that Independence Day festivities were canceled in the cities of Tampico, Madero and Altamira. The Sept. 15 and 16 celebrations commemorate Mexico's battle of independence from Spain.

Officials in the gulf state of Veracruz began evacuating coastal residents Friday night, and local civil protection authorities said that more than 5,300 people had been moved to safer ground. Of those, about 3,500 people were being housed in official shelters with the rest staying with family and friends. There were no immediate reports of injuries blamed on the storm.

Off Mexico's Pacific coast, Tropical Storm Manuel was moving with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. It was 75 miles off the city of Lázaro Cárdenas and 185 miles southeast of Manzanillo. A tropical storm warning was in effect from Acapulco to Manzanillo.

Manuel was expected to produce 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, and life-threatening flash floods and mudslides were considered likely.

Elsewhere, the remnants of Tropical Storm Humberto were swirling in the Atlantic, far from land.

Hurricane Ingrid forms off Mexico 09/14/13 [Last modified: Saturday, September 14, 2013 8:58pm]
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