Acapulco, Mexico — Hurricane Ingrid weakened to a tropical storm Monday morning as it made landfall near La Pesca, Mexico.
Ingrid, the second hurricane of the Atlantic season, was one of two tropical storms to ravage the country this weekend. Tropical Storm Manuel battered Mexico’s southwestern Pacific corner with dangerous rains Sunday afternoon, but quickly lost strength. Manuel was downgraded to a tropical depression late Sunday.
The National Hurricane Center expects both storms to leave 10 to 15 inches of rain in some areas.
“These rains are likely to result in life-threatening flash floods and mud slides,” the NHC said in an advisory at 7 am Mexico City time.
Ingrid moved west-northwest over La Pesca at 10 miles per hour, according to the center. The top sustained winds fell from 75 mph to 65.
Mexico canceled all hurricane warnings and watches associated with Ingrid. A tropical storm warning is now in place from Cabo Rojo to Rio San Fernando.
Authorities evacuated more than 7,000 people from low-lying areas in the Gulf state of Tamaulipas and Veracruz. Some communities canceled Independence Day celebrations planned for Sunday and Monday. More than 20,000 households lost power in the storms.
As of Monday morning, police confirmed at least 21 deaths caused by the two storms. Some reports put the number of deaths at 24. At least 11 of the 21 confirmed deaths were in the Pacific resort of Acapulco. A collapsed wall killed five people, and a landslide killed six family members. Three people died in landslides in the state of Puebla.
The highway linking Mexico City to Acapulco was shut down due to landslides and flooding. The port and international airport were also closed. At least 71 communities were cut off by roadway and bridge closures.
Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Ingrid to trigger a storm surge of up to four feet, with “large and destructive waves.”