Raymond Weakens to Tropical Storm Near Mexico

October 23, 2013

The Cliffs of La Quebrada in Acapulco

The New York Times, 10/23/2013

Raymond weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm Wednesday and began moving away from Mexico’s Pacific coast, granting relief to a region devastated by storms last month.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Raymond’s maximum sustained winds decreased to near 65 mph (100 kph) with additional weakening possible over the next few days. At its peak, the storm was a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 125 mph (205 kph) that threatened to collide with the Mexican coast.

Hurricane Raymond Swirls Off Mexico, Hits Acapulco With More Rain

October 22, 2013

acapulcoThe New York Times, 10/21/2013

Ports were closed, school classes were suspended and hundreds of people were evacuated along Mexico’s southern Pacific coast on Monday as a major hurricane loomed over a region still recovering from record flooding a few weeks ago.

Raymond, a category three hurricane, weakened slightly on Monday night as it hovered about 145 km (90 miles) offshore.

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Some Mexicans Evacuate as Hurricane Looms Offshore

October 22, 2013

hurricaneThe New York Times, 10/22/2013

Authorities moved hundreds of people from isolated mountain communities and low-lying shore areas as a strong Hurricane Raymond loomed off Mexico’s already storm-battered southern Pacific coast.

Guerrero state Gov. Angel Aguirre urged people to stay off the streets, roads and highways Tuesday because of potentially dangerous rains from the Category 3 storm that meandered offshore.

Mexico Finds 10 More Bodies; Death Toll at 157

October 3, 2013

Cruz Roja Mexican by Flickr user pixman v2.0The New York Times, 10/02/2013

Searchers have found 10 more bodies of victims from twin storms that struck the country’s Pacific and Gulf coasts at the same time last month, raising the death toll to 157, Mexico’s government said Wednesday.

Statistics sent by civil protection officials to The Associated Press said a total of 155 people had died across the states hit by the storms’ heavy rain. But the head of the agency, Luis Felipe Puente, said later Wednesday that the toll had risen to 157.

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Mexican Tycoon Carlos Slim’s Telmex Delivers Tons of Humanitarian Aid To Storm Victims in Mexico

September 25, 2013

Forbes, 9/25/2013

carlos slimTelefónos de México (Telmex), the dominant Mexican fixed-line phone carrier controlled by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, responded to the current national emergency caused  by Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid with aid for thousands of victims in Mexico.  Telmex said on Monday that it has delivered 114 tons of humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Mexicans affected by the twin storms in the Gulf and Pacific costs. In 24 of Mexico’s 31 states, towns and cities were flooded, highways and communication lines cut off, and deadly landslides set off.  More than 1 million people have been affected across the country and 50,000 have been evacuated from their homes.

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68 believed buried in Mexico mudslide; storm death toll rises to 97

September 20, 2013

The Los Angeles Times, 9/19/2013 

Photo by Flickr User Maitri

Rescue teams were searching Thursday for an estimated 68 people believed buried in a mudslide after multiple storms battered large swaths of Mexico, killing nearly 100 people nationwide and leaving thousands stranded or homeless.

While much attention was focused on tourists caught in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, grimmer reports emerged from villages in that hard-hit region of Guerrero state, which were largely cut off from aid and may have suffered large-scale devastation.

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Mexican officials look for missing chopper carrying out flood relief

September 20, 2013

800px-US_Marine_Corps_UH-1N_Huey_helicopterThe Washington Post, 9/20/2013

Mexican authorities are searching for a federal police helicopter that went missing while carrying out relief operations on the flood-stricken Pacific coast.

An army captain who was not authorized to be quoted by name said Friday that the army and other civilian authorities are still looking for the chopper, a day after it was reported missing.

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58 More Missing After Massive Mexico Storm

September 19, 2013

hurricaneThe New York Times, 9/19/2013

Mexico’s government said 58 people were missing after a massive landslide smashed through a tiny coffee-growing village deep in the country’s southern mountains, where fresh waves of rain threatened more danger for rescue workers trying to evacuate the last residents from the isolated hamlet on Thursday.

The same storm that devastated Acapulco and surrounding areas over the weekend regenerated into Hurricane Manuel and was swirling into the Pacific coast again, this time further north, just offshore from the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan.

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Mexico storms: Hurricane Manuel upgraded and near coast

September 19, 2013

osorio chongBBC News, 9/19/2013

US meteorologists say Tropical Storm Manuel, which has battered the south-west of Mexico, has gathered strength and is now a category one hurricane. Hurricane Manuel is now approaching north-western Mexico and threatens more destruction, the US National Hurricane Centre says. Tropical storms Manuel and Ingrid left at least 80 people earlier this week, and another 58 people are missing after the village of La Pintada in Guerrero state was buried in a landslide.

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said rescue workers had not yet been able to search for survivors because conditions remained dangerous, with water gushing down the hillside where the collapse had happened.
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Mexico storms: Tourists airlifted from flooded Acapulco

September 18, 2013

BBC News, 9/18/2013

acapulcoMore than 2,000 tourists have been airlifted by the army from the Mexican resort of Acapulco following deadly floods caused by Tropical Storm Manuel. But many more tourists and local residents remain stranded in the city and along the west coast after landslides blocked main roads.

Manuel was almost immediately followed by Hurricane Ingrid, causing widespread devastation in the east of the country. At least 57 people are now known to have died in flooding and landslides. It was the first time since 1958 that two powerful storms hit Mexico within 24 hours.

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