Hurricane, tropical storm combine to kill 20 in Mexico
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AFP) - Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel triggered rain, landslides and floods on Mexico’s east and west coasts on Sunday, killing at least 20 people and forcing thousands to evacuate before landfall.
Manuel made landfall on the Pacific side while Ingrid, a category one hurricane, was expected to reach the coast on the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, but they had already swollen rivers, flooded streets and damaged bridges.
State-run energy firm Pemex evacuated three oil platforms off the Gulf coast of the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas and shut down 24 wells, the company said on its Twitter account.
On the Pacific coast, Manuel was weakening after making landfall near the Colima state town of Manzanillo, packing top winds of almost 85kmh as it moved northwest, the US hurricane centre said in a 2100 GMT (5am Singapore time) advisory.