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Mexico tropical storm systems hammer both coasts (+video)

Mexico tropical storm systems: Mexico was hit by two tropical storms, Manuel, and now Ingrid, which was downgraded from a hurricane as it made landfall Monday morning. Some 21 people have died in the flooding.

Mexico hammered by two storms
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The remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel continued to deluge Mexico's southwestern Pacific shoulder with dangerous rains while Hurricane Ingrid (downgraded to a tropical storm) reached the country's opposite coast Monday morning in an unusual double onslaught that federal authorities said had caused at least 21 deaths.

The heaviest blow Sunday fell on the southern coastal state of Guerrero, where Mexico's government reported 14 confirmed deaths. State officials said people had been killed in landslides, drownings in a swollen river and a truck crash on a rain-slickened mountain highway.

Mexico's federal Civil Protection coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente, told reporters late Sunday that stormy weather from one or both of the two systems also caused three deaths in Hidalgo, three in Puebla and one in Oaxaca.

Getting hit by a tropical storm and a hurricane at the same time "is completely atypical" for Mexico, Juan Manuel Caballero, coordinator of the country's National Weather Service, said at a news conference with Puente.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Ingrid, the second hurricane of the Atlantic storm season, reached the mainland Monday at about 8 a.m. EDT, near Pesca, along the lightly populated coast north of the port of Tampico.

Ingrid is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph, and a turn to the west is expected later this morning, followed by a turn to the west-southwest tonight. The center of Ingrid will move farther inland today and tonight, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 65 mph, but with occasionally higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast as Ingrid moves inland today


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