Mexico Braces For Double Blow

XALAPA, Mexico (September 15, 2013)--Mexico was bracing Sunday for a double blow.

Tropical Storm Manuel was headed for Mexico's southwest Pacific shoreline, while thousands on the country's Gulf rim were seeking shelter from approaching Hurricane Ingrid.

The storms are expected to produce heavy rains, dangerous flash floods and mudslides on both coasts.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Ingrid, the second hurricane of the Atlantic storm season, could reach the Mexican mainland early Monday after gathering strength over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

It was packing top sustained winds of 85 miles per hour as it slowly crawled toward land with little change in strength in hours.

Manuel, with sustained maximum winds of 70 miles per hour, was about 75 miles from the Pacific coast near the Mexican port city of Lazaro Cardenas early Sunday.

Forecasters said that storm was moving toward imminent landfall over the coming hours.

Manuel was expected to produce 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Guerrero.


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