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Twin Storms Batter Mexico, at Least 21 Killed

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A car lies on its side after a portion of a hill collapsed due to heavy rains in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sept. 15, 2013.

A car lies on its side after a portion of a hill collapsed due to heavy rains in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sept. 15, 2013.

Twin storms have been battering the east and west coasts of Mexico for two days, killing at least 21 people and forcing thousands to flee their homes.

Hurricane Ingrid weakened to a tropical storm after crossing Mexico's northeastern coast with maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour. The storm still threatens flash floods and mudslides, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

Thousands of people were evacuated from towns on the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico coasts over the weekend as Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel caused landslides and floods that damaged bridges and homes.

Manuel is expected to break apart over land later Monday.

Mexico's Hurricane, flooding - video clip


The last time Mexico was hit by two tropical storms in the span of 24 hours was in 1958, according to National Weather Service coordinator Juan Manuel Caballero.

Manuel dissipated overnight after unleashing floods that brought as much as three-foot (one-meter) high water in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, dragging away cars and forcing some residents to take refuge on top floors of homes.
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