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Storms responsible for at least 21 deaths in Mexico
ACAPULCO, Mexico (CBS News and Associated Press) -- The remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel continued to deluge Mexicos southwestern Pacific shoulder with dangerous rains while Hurricane Ingrid weakened to a tropical storm after making a Monday landfall on the countrys opposite coast in an unusual double onslaught that federal authorities said had caused at least 21 deaths.
Schools in Brownsville, Texas are closed and shrimping boats are taking cover on the Texas border as Tropical Storm Ingrid moves through Mexico. National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Miller says Ingird isnt expected to cause major problems in Texas, although there could be some localized flooding around Brownsville and about another inch of rain Monday.
The heaviest blow Sunday fell on the southern coastal state of Guerrero, where Mexicos government reported 14 confirmed deaths. State officials said people had been killed in landslides, drownings in a swollen river and a truck crash on a rain-slickened mountain highway.
Mexicos federal Civil Protection coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente, told reporters late Sunday that stormy weather from one or both of the two systems also caused three deaths in Hidalgo, three in Puebla and one in Oaxaca.
Getting hit by a tropical storm and a hurricane at the same time is completely atypical for Mexico, Juan Manuel Caballero, coordinator of the countrys National Weather Service, said at a news conference with Puente.
Authorities in the Gulf states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz evacuated more than 7,000 people from low-lying areas as the hurricane closed in, and the prospect of severe weather prompted some communities to cancel Independence Day celebrations planned for Sunday and Monday.
Manuel came ashore as a tropical storm Sunday afternoon near the Pacific port of Manzanillo, but quickly began losing strength and was downgraded to a tropical depression late Sunday, although officials warned its rains could still cause flash floods and mudslides. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the system dissipated early Monday.
The rains caused some rivers to overflow in Guerrero, damaging hundreds of homes and disrupting communications for several hours.
Early Monday, Manuels remnants had maximum sustained winds of about 30 mph (45 kph) and was moving to the northwest at 8 mph (13 kph). It was about 5 miles (10 kilometers) west of Puerto Vallarta.
Manuel was expected to dump up to 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of Guerrero and Michoacan states, with maximums of 25 inches possible in some isolated areas. Rains of 5 to 10 inches were possible in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit. Authorities said the rains presented a dangerous threat in mountains, where flash floods and mudslides were possible.
Ingrid also was expected to bring very heavy rains. It had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) early Monday and was centered about 95 miles (155 kilometers) north-northeast of the port city of Tampico as it moved west-northwest at 7 mph (11 kph). A hurricane warning had been in effect from Cabo Rojo to La Pesca. Ingrids maximum sustained winds weakened to near 65 mph (100kph) after landfall.
More than 1,000 homes in Veracruz state had been affected by the storm to varying degrees, and 20 highways and 12 bridges were damaged, the states civil protection authority said. A bridge collapsed near the northern Veracruz city of Misantla on Friday, cutting off the area from the state capital, Xalapa.
A week ago, 13 people died in the state when a landslide buried their homes in heavy rains spawned by Tropical Depression Fernand.
Associated Press writers Rodrigo Soberanes Santin in Xalapa and Veracruz and Efrain Klerigan in Ciudad Victoria contributed to this report.