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Tropical Storm Ingrid reaches hurricane strength

  |   Sept. 14, 2013 at 7:06 PM
CABO ROJO, Mexico, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Ingrid, off the East coast of Mexico in the Gulf of Mexico, reached hurricane strength Saturday, forecasters in Miami said.

In its 5 p.m. EDT update, the National Hurricane Center said Ingrid was about 195 miles east of Tuxpan, Mexico, and about 275 miles southeast of La Pesca, moving north at 7 mph, with top sustained winds of 75 mph.

The Mexican government posted a hurricane warning from Cabo Rojo to La Pesca and a tropical storm warning from north of La Pesca to Bahia Algodones, and from south of Cabo Rojo to Tuxpan. A tropical storm warning from Coatzacoalcos to south of Tuxpan was discontinued.

Ingrid is expected to follow its current motion Saturday night before turning toward the northwest and then the west Sunday. On its forecast track the storm will reach the Mexican coast with the area covered by the hurricane warning by Monday.

Some strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours.

The storm is expected to bring winds as high as 70 mph and 10 to 15 inches of rain over a large part of eastern Mexico, with as much as 25 inches possible in some areas.

KXAN-TV, Austin, Texas, reported Ingrid may affect Central Texas weather, bringing strong winds to the region over the weekend and possibly rain.

On Mexico's western coast, Tropical Storm Manuel may produce life-threatening flash flooding, forecasters said.

In it 5 p.m. EDT update, the hurricane center said Manuel was about 85 miles south-southwest of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, and about 195 miles southeast of Manzanillo, moving north-northwest at 7 mph with top sustained winds of 50 mph.

A tropical storm warning was posted from Acapulco to Manzanillo

Manuel was expected to follow its current track for the next day or two. On its forecast track, the storm is expected to be near the southwestern coast of Mexico within the warning area by Sunday, forecasters said.

Manuel is expected to dump 19-15 inches of rain over parts of Oaxaca and Guerrero, with 25 inches possible in some places, with the rains likely producing life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Tropical storm conditions are expected to being later Saturday, forecasters said.

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