MEXICO CITY -- Two powerful storms gripped Mexico in a pincer movement Monday, dumping tons of rain on both coasts, forcing closures of roads and airports in several cities and killing at least 34 people.
Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong called the weather phenomenon “historic” and said two-thirds of national territory was suffering from the two storms’ impact, affecting more than 1.2 million people.
President Enrique Peña Nieto interrupted Independence Day ceremonies Monday, called an emergency Cabinet meeting and then rushed to Acapulco, the Pacific coast tourist city in one of the hardest-hits states, Guerrero. Tens of thousands of people in several states were forced to flee their homes.
What had been Hurricane Ingrid continued to swirl off Mexico’s Gulf Coast including Veracruz state, weakening slightly to tropical storm level, while Tropical Storm Manuel dumped torrential rains on the Pacific coast.