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Updated: Sun, 15 Sep 2013 09:12:14 GMT | By The Associated Press, cbc.ca

Mexico braces for strong storms along 2 coasts



Flood-affected residents travel on the back of a truck through a flooded neighbourhood in Poza Rica, in the Mexican state of Veracruz September 14, 2013. Hurricane Ingrid strengthened on Saturday night as it spun off Mexico's Gulf Coast, dumping heavy rain across central and eastern Mexico. Ingrid, with sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (© 130 kph)

Flood-affected residents travel on the back of a truck through a flooded neighbourhood in Poza Rica, in the Mexican state of Veracruz September 14, 2013. Hurricane Ingrid strengthened on Saturday night as it spun off Mexico's Gulf Coast, dumping heavy rain across central and eastern Mexico. Ingrid, with sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 kph), could grow even stronger over the next two days as it nears Mexico's coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. REUTERS/Jorge Huerta (MEXICO - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TRANSPORT) - RTX13LPT REUTERS

Thousands of people in Mexico are moving to higher ground as that country is threatened by two storms bringing large amounts of rain.

Hurricane Ingrid is over the Gulf of Mexico, while tropical storm Manuel is churning in the eastern Pacific off Mexico's southwest coast.

Forecasters say Manuel could strengthen into a hurricane when its centre makes landfall on Sunday over parts of Oaxaca and Guerrero states.

Each storm is dumping about 300 millimetres of rain, and forecasters say that's enough to trigger severe flooding.

Ingrid is a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 140 km/h. The eye is expected to make landfall Monday.

As of early Sunday, Hurricane Ingrid was about 290 kilometres east of Tampico state. A hurricane warning from the s storm was in effect from Cabo Rojo to La Pesca.

Manuel, sustaining maximum winds of 110 km/h was about 65 kilometres from the Pacific coast near the port city of Lazaro Cardenas.

In Tamaulipas state, where Ingrid is expected to hit hard, the government said Independence Day festivities were cancelled in the cities of Tampico, Madero and Altamira. The Sept. 15 and 16 celebrations commemorate Mexico's battle of independence from Spain.

More than 1,000 homes in eastern Veracruz state have been affected by Ingrid to varying degrees due to flooding of at least three major rivers.

A bridge collapsed near the northern Veracruz city of Misantla on Friday, cutting off the area from the state capital.

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