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The Second Coming of MANUEL

Posted by feww on September 19, 2013

MANUEL Strengthens into a Cat 1 Hurricane

Tropical Storm MANUEL, which has battered southwestern Mexico, has now intensified into a category one hurricane approaching northwestern Mexico and threatening more destruction.

MANUEL and INGRID, the first twin storms to hit Mexico within one day since 1958, have killed at least 80 people across Mexico.

About 60 people are now reported missing after a landslide buried a village in the southwestern Mexico.

“Very powerful” landslide

The Mexican President Nieto said at least 58 people were missing after a massive landslide buried the village of La Pintada in the southwestern Guerrero state.

“It doesn’t look good, based on the photos we have in our possession … [it was a] very powerful landslide.]

MANUEL is expected to dump up to 15 inches of rain in the state of Sinaloa, which could cause deadly flash-floods, according to forecasters.

Meantime… looters ransacked the flooded Mexican beach resort of Acapulco on Wednesday … read more

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Global Disaster Headlines – September 18, 2013

Posted by feww on September 18, 2013

581 People remain unaccounted for in Colorado floods

The number of people unaccounted for in the Colorado floods was revised to 581 Tuesday,  according to the Colorado Office of Emergency Management.

Oil-field flood tally: 1,900 wells shut

Aerial Views from Weld County Colorado during the massive 2013 Flooding
A drilling derrick near Greeley stands in the flood waters of the South Platte River. (Photo By Tim Rasmussen/The Denver Post)

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Floods submerge Acapulco, death toll climbs, 40,000 tourists stranded

Mexico’s famous beach resort of Acapulco was in chaos on Tuesday as hotels rationed food for thousands of stranded tourists and floodwaters swallowed homes and cars after some of the most damaging storms in decades killed at least 55 people across the country.

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‘Orange Alert’ as extra-tropical cyclone hits Montevideo, Uruguay

Uruguayan authorities issued an Orange Alert as an extra-tropical cyclone battered the capital Montevideo, forcing the evacuations of hundreds of people along the coastal areas in the South Atlantic Ocean. The cyclone cut power to more than 3,000 homes in the region.

extra-tropical cyclone hits Uruguay
Original Caption: A wave hits the dam on the coastal avenue in front of the Rio de la Plata during the passage of the extra-tropical cyclone that affects the country, in Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, on Sept. 17, 2013. The Uruguayan authorities issued an orange alert for the next hours by the passage of extra-tropical cyclone that has already caused power shortage to more than 3,000 homes, and more than 600 people have been evacuated in various departments of the country. (Xinhua/Nicolas Celaya)

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Twin Storms Leave 42 Dead, 1.2 Million Battered

Posted by feww on September 17, 2013

Tropical storm INGRID weakens having affected 1.2 million people

INGRID weakened to a tropical depression, dissipating over the mountains of Eastern Mexico, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Mexican government declared states of emergency in 23 towns in eastern Tamaulipas state after INGRID left the area devastated.

Mexico’s Interior Secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong described the catastrophic floods as a “historic” natural disaster after twin storms pummeled southern Mexico on Monday.

Historic flooding and landslides triggered by twin storms INGRID and MANUEL left at least 42 people dead, forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands and stranding at least 40,000 tourists.

Tropical Storm MANUEL made landfall on Sunday near the port of Manzanillo, on Mexico’s Pacific coast, causing devastation in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where raging floodwaters and massive landslides claimed at least 21 lives.

The storms have affected an estimated 1.2 million people in the states of Veracruz, Puebla, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Michoacan and Oaxaca, the national emergency services said.

“Landslides buried homes and a bus in the eastern state of Veracruz, while thousands were evacuated from flooded areas, some by helicopter, and taken to shelters.”

The twin storms have destroyed or damaged about 30,000 homes throughout the affected regions in southern Mexico, FIRE-EARTH estimates.

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