Tropical Storm Manuel drenched Mexico’s Pacific coast on Sunday, leaving at least nine people dead, while Hurricane Ingrid forced thousands to evacuate the east coast ahead of an expected landfall.
The storms are causing rivers to swell, damaging bridges and threatening to cause more havoc as they near the coasts. In the southwestern state of Guerrero, six people died on Saturday when their van’s driver lost control due to a lack of visibility and a slippery road on their way to the resort city of Acapulco. Landslides killed three other people in the municipalities of Acapulco, Atlamajalcingo and Malinaltepec.
The port of Acapulco was closed to navigation and issued a warning against recreational use on beaches ahead of the hurricane’s strong winds. Two men who sailed away were reported missing.
Manuel was moving almost parallel to the southwestern coast, at 10 miles per hour (17 kilometers per hour), packing maximum winds of 70 mph (110 kph), according to the US National Hurricane Center. At least 20 bridges were damaged during rains in the north of the state that cut off 71 communities, authorities said. The storm is expected to make landfall early Monday.
Ingrid, the second hurricane of the 2013 season, was packing top winds of 75 mph (120 kph) in the last update from the hurricane center. The Mexican government issued a hurricane watch from north of La Pesca to Bahia Algodone. A hurricane warning was also in effect from Cab Rojo to La Pesca, meaning that hurricane conditions where expected in that area within 36 hours. Ingrid weakened a bit Sunday morning but could gain strength again before making landfall.