Deadly Flooding in Mexico From Ingrid, Manuel

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
September 17, 2013; 1:34 PM ET
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Deadly flooding was unleashed on Mexico by Tropical Rainstorm Ingrid from the Atlantic and Tropical Depression Manuel from the Pacific.

Ingrid made landfall near La Pesca, in northeastern Mexico, Monday morning before moving inland and weakening over the mountains of eastern Mexico. Manuel also weakened but restrengthened on Tuesday afternoon and is currently moving along the western Mexican coast.

Both storms will continue to be a threat to lives and property as heavy rainfall will persist into Wednesday. Heavy rain falling on already saturated ground will result in the threat of mudslides while flash flooding and river flooding will also remain concerns.

While northeastern Mexico bears the brunt of Ingrid, South Texas will experience benefits and adverse impacts from the storm.

According to Reuters, at least 41 people have been killed from the two tropical rainstorms. Tens of thousands of people have been forced from their homes as some areas have experienced the worst flooding in over a decade.

Ingrid has already brought more than a foot of rainfall to the town of Soto La Marina in Tamaulipas, to the west of where Ingrid made landfall. Rainfall amounts have topped 6 inches in Tuxpan, Matlapa, Cuidad Victoria and Isla Perez from Ingrid. An additional 6-12 inches of rain will be possible across the higher terrain of northeast Mexico through Wednesday.

A damaged vehicle stands in the middle of a road after a landslide caused by heavy rains came down on a low income neighborhood in the city of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

Localized total rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 inches could fall on the higher elevations of the Sierra Madre Oriental.

Some of these same areas have already endured flooding in recent weeks from Tropical Storm Fernand and Tropical Depression 8, according to Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

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People stand at the corner of a flooded street caused by heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Manuel in Acapulco, Mexico, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)

On the other side of Mexico, Manuel regenerated on Tuesday, continuing the dangerous rain threat. Manuel already drenched southern and western parts of Mexico with flooding rainfall and produced deadly mudslides. The popular resort area of Acapulco received over a foot of rain which led to more than 20 deaths due to flooding and mudslides.

Other rainfall totals from Manuel include more than 6 inches in Colima and more than 4 inches in the Manzanillo area.

Additional heavy rainfall from Manuel will target areas from Nayarit into Sinaloa and western Durango through Wednesday. These areas can receive 3-6 inches of rainfall through Wednesday with localized amounts up to a foot which could result in flooding and mudslides.


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