Mexico – Tropical Cyclones Ingrid & Manuel - 17 Sep 2013


Mexico - Tropical Cyclones INGRID and MANUEL - UPDATE

  • The effects of tropical cyclones INGRID and MANUEL that hit almost simultaneously the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Mexico respectively from 12 to 17 September, are still distinctly felt in large parts of the country.
  • Extended flooding has affected numerous places in the country and a state of Natural Disaster has been declared in 56 municipalities of Guerrero and 10 in Oaxaca. 22 shelters have been established in Guerrero, housing around 12 000 people. Floods and landslides are also affecting Veracruz, Tamaulipas, Colima, Puebla, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Durango and Chihuahua.
  • The port of Acapulco remains cut-off and more than 2 000 tourists have been evacuated by air, while a reported 40 000 others remain stranded. An estimated 36 000 people have been evacuated country-wide, ca. 20 000 of them in Veracruz.
  • The death toll by the floods and landslides had reached 57 people early on 18 September, according to the interior minister quoted in local media.
  • In the meantime, MANUEL reformed after its remnants emerged into the Pacific from the coast of Jalisco state. At 03:00 UTC on 18 September it was a Tropical Depression, its centre located in the mouth of the Gulf of California, ca. 120km W of the city of Mazatlan. It is forecast to move NW towards southern Baja California, strengthening to a Tropical Storm and bringing heavy rainfall over this area, as well as over portions of Sinaloa and Nayarit states.
  • Early on 18 September Mexican Meteo warned of heavy to torrential rainfall (30 to 100 mm per hour) in several states, particularly in Tamaulipas, Veracruz and San Luis Potosi (by the remnants of INGRID).