Heavy rains lashed Mexico's Gulf Coast Friday as Tropical Storm Ingrid formed over water about 60 miles away, threatening more damage in a state where landslides and flooding have killed dozens of people in recent weeks.
At least three major rivers in the eastern state of Veracruz were flooding or close to overflowing their banks and hundreds of people were evacuating low-lying areas, officials said. A bridge collapsed near the northern city of Misantla, cutting off the area from the state capital. Thirteen people died when a landslide buried their homes in heavy rains spawned by Tropical Depression Fernand on Monday.
State officials imposed an orange alert, the highest possible, in parts of southern Veracruz.
The storm's maximum sustained winds early Friday were near 45 mph (75 kph), according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. It was nearly stationary, entered about 40 miles (65 kilometers) east-northeast of the port city of Veracruz, but forecasters said it was likely to advance north and curve into the coast near Tampico during Mexico's long Independence Day weekend.
A tropical storm warning was in effect for Mexico's coast from Coatzacoalcos to Cabo Rojo and the system and it was expected to dump 10 to 15 inches (25 to 40 centimeters) of rain over a large part of eastern Mexico with 25 inches (65 centimeters) in some places.
KSAT 12 meteorologist Steve Browne said tropical moisture from Ingrid will spread showers to the San Antonio area late Sunday through most of next week. The heaviest rain will fall in the Rio Grande Valley. But the San Antonio area will still get beneficial rains next week.