Mexico Hit from Both Sides

Mexico celebrates its Independence Day on Sunday September 15, but much of the country is preparing for two storms to batter each coast of the country.

Hurricane Ingrid and Manuel now upgraded to a Tropical Storm, are starting to batter the coastlines on Independence Day.

The hurricane will hit the eastern coast of the country, while the tropical storm will batter its west coast.

Over 5,300 people were evacuated before the full impact of the hurricane hit on the Gulf Coast of Mexico. The storm already has sustained winds over 85 miles per hour.

At the same time, Manuel has dumped over twice the usual rainfall for the month in only three days, on the Pacific Coast near the Baja peninsula.

The National Hurricane Center located in Miami predicted that Ingrid, the season’s second Atlantic hurricane could hit the mainland of Mexico late Sunday or early Monday. Currently, the storm has winds reaching 85 mph.

A hurricane warning was issued by the government of Mexico for the west coast of Mexico in preparation of Manuel increasing in force to hurricane level. Manuel currently has sustained winds exceeding 70 miles per hour. The storm is already battering the coast near Lazaro Cardenas and could become stronger.

Thus far, the states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chihuahua all have been hit the worst with telecommunications links down and roads badly damaged.

Another 15 to 20 inches of rain was expected from Manuel over sections of Guerrero and Oaxaca with over 25 inches possibly in isolated areas.

Authorities warned that the mountains would have the possibility of mudslides and flash floods. More heavy rains will follow with Ingrid as it crosses the mainland.

The country has shut down two of its three major ports for exporting oil, although many Gulf Coast ports remained open on Saturday.

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