Mexico Storm: Tropical Storm and Hurricane Threaten
Mexico is currently having to deal with two different natural disasters at the same time. Tropical Storm Manuel edged onto Mexico’s Pacific coast earlier today, as Hurricane Ingrid continued to swirl offshore on the other side of the country. Heavy rains and landslides have caused at least 15 deaths and thousands more have been evacuated from the damaged areas. Although it has remained a threat and produced flash floods and mudslides, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Manuel began to weaken as soon as it made landfall near the port of Manzanillo.
Mexico continues to get attacked on both sides of the country, in an unfortunate situation dealing with the vicious Ingrid and Manuel simultaneously. As a typhoon hits Japan at the same time and in the United States, Colorado just experienced a large amount of flooding, there is certainly something odd going on with the climate around the world right now. It seems hard for people to continue to deny the effects of climate change after drastic and devastating events like these continue to happen.
Each of these storms continue to grow and have immense power as well. CBS News reports that Manuel winds reached a maximum of about 45 mph (75 kph) and was moving to the northwest at 9 mph (15 kph) late Sunday afternoon. Its center was about 15 miles (20 kilometers) north of Manzanillo. The rain from Hurricane Ingrid has caused landslides that killed three people in the central state of Puebla and a woman also died after a landslide buried her house in the state of Hidalgo.
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Hurricane Ingrid, the second hurricane of the Atlantic storm season, is expected to reach Mexico’s mainland by Monday, after gaining strength from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Officials in the state of Veracruz were forced to evacuate those living on the coast on Friday night, and civil protection authorities said that more than 5,300 people had been moved to safer ground. An orange alert has also been imposed in parts of southern Veracruz, which is the highest possible, according to the Tampa Tribune.
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