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September 15, 2013

21 dead as tropical storm, hurricane batter Mexico

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ACAPULCO, Mexico —

The hurricane center said Ingrid, the second hurricane of the Atlantic storm season, could reach the mainland by Monday morning, most likely along Tamaulipas state's lightly populated coast north of Tampico.

In Tamaulipas, the state government said in a statement that Independence Day festivities were cancelled in Tampico, Madero and Altamira. The Sept. 15 and 16 celebrations commemorate Mexico's battle of independence from Spain.

Officials in the Gulf state of Veracruz began evacuating coastal residents Friday night, and civil protection authorities said more than 6,600 people had been moved to shelters or the homes of family and friends.

More than 1,000 homes in Veracruz state had been affected by the storm to varying degrees, and 20 highways and 12 bridges had damage, the state's civil protection authority said. A bridge collapsed near the northern Veracruz city of Misantla on Friday, cutting off the area from the state capital, Xalapa.

A week ago, 13 people died in the state when a landslide buried their homes in heavy rains spawned by Tropical Depression Fernand.

Officials in Tamaulipas said 700 people had been evacuated from coastal communities.

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