Tropical storm Ingrid, which is expected to become a hurricane later today, will bring torrential rains and major flooding to southern Mexico this week.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said that there was a significant risk of flooding in Mexico over the next couple of days. Tropical storm Manuel is also expected to bring heavy rains to the country this week.
The Hurricane Center said: “This will remain a significant hazard over the next couple of days… The moist flow resulting from the combination of Manuel and tropical storm Ingrid in the bay of Campeche will produce torrential rains and life-threatening flooding over eastern Mexico.”
The NOAA writes that Ingrid is expected to bring 10 to 15 inches to a large part of Eastern Mexico. Some areas may even see 25 inches of rain.
The NOAA adds: “These rains are likely to result in life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.”
Tropical Storm Manuel is also bringing heavy rains to the area. The Mexican States of Oaxaca and Guerrero will see as much as 15 inches from Manuel.
Michael Schlacter, founder of Weather 2000 Inc., said: “The worst thing for heavy rain are hills, mountains and mud… The consequences for humanitarian purposes are just that more horrific.”
Dan Kottlowski, a meteorologist at AccuWeather, said that Ingrid is about 145 miles northeast of Veracruz. It is moving north at 8 mph and currently has winds at 70 mph. The storm is expected to turn northwest this weekend and make landfall on September 16.
Kottlowski said: “This thing could ramp up to a very strong tropical storm and it may become a Category 1 hurricane.”