Twin storms on opposite coasts kill 21 in Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico: Mexico, already battered by heavy rain, landslides and floods on its Pacific and eastern coasts that have killed at least 21 people, braced Monday for an expected hit from Hurricane Ingrid.

Thousands of people were evacuated as Ingrid and remnants of what was once Tropical Storm Manuel flanked Mexico on the Pacific and Gulf coasts, causing rivers to overflow, flooding streets and damaging bridges.

The country was facing an “atypical and unusual” situation, as it has never before been hit by a hurricane 24 hours after a tropical storm made landfall, National Weather Service coordinator Juan Manuel Caballero told a news conference.

Hurricane Ingrid was approaching the east coast ahead of an expected landfall. State-run energy firm Pemex evacuated three oil platforms off the Gulf coast of the northeastern state of Tamaulipas and shut down 24 wells.

On the Pacific side, Manuel dissipated over west-central Mexico, hours after making landfall near the Colima state town of Manzanillo, the US National Hurricane Center said.