Mexico storm season is in high gear as Tropical Storm Manuel and Tropical Storm Ingrid batter both coast. Manuel has killed 21 people so far due to flooding and Ingrid was downgraded from hurricane strength after making landfall near La Pesca. According to Fox News on Sept. 16, 2013, he death toll is likely to rise.
'For the moment, there are officially 21 people dead,' national civil protection chief Luis Felipe Puente told a news conference late Sunday.
Mexico storm Manuel and Ingrid caused evacuations on both the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico coasts. Two tropical storms have not hit the country in a 24-hour period since 1958. Manuel has dissipated, but floodwaters have brought out the crocodiles, hampering rescue efforts. Ingrid has since been downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm strength as winds died down overnight.
More than half the deaths due to Mexico storm Manuel occurred in the pacific resort area of Acapulco. According to The Christian Science Monitor, deaths were caused by landslides, flooding and traffic accidents.
Ingrid is only the second storm in the Atlantic hurricane season so far. Manuel has been downgraded to a tropical depression since coming ashore, but sustained winds and rain are likely to cause dangerous flash foods and landslides. NOAA is predicting an active hurricane season for this year.
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