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Hurricane Ingrid Reviewed

September 17, 2013

By WeatherBug's Luke Paris


Hurricane Ingrid, the second hurricane of the season, rocked Mexico's eastern coast, bringing high winds and heavy rainfall.

Tropical Depression Ten formed in the extreme southern Gulf of Mexico in the afternoon on September 12. The system had favorable conditions for strengthening and by the following morning, it was upgraded to Tropical Storm Ingrid. As Ingrid moved northward, it became considerably more organized and continued to strengthen, becoming a hurricane by the afternoon of September 14.

By nightfall of September 14, Ingrid had maximum sustained winds clocked in at 85 mph and prompted the issuance of hurricane warnings along the Mexican coastline. The outer bands of the system reached the coast late day on September 15, while the storm's center made landfall early on September 16. As Ingrid made landfall, it was downgraded back to a tropical storm.

Ingrid made its mark for sure along the eastern Mexico coast. Combined with the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel, Ingrid's rainfall triggered landslides that destroyed homes, road and highways, leaving at least 41 people dead. More than 20,000 residents fled their homes to seek shelter elsewhere. Santa Catarina, Mexico recorded 4.40 inches of rainfall on September 16, while Tuxpan and Matlapa, Mexico, had more than 6 inches. Once Ingrid made landfall, it weakened quickly and was downgraded to a tropical depression by 4 p.m. CDT on September 16. Ingrid dissipated the following morning prior to sunrise.

The formation of Hurricane Ingrid was overdue. The second hurricane of the season typically forms on August 28. On the other hand, the tenth named storm of the Atlantic tropical season typically occurs on October 19, putting Ingrid well ahead of schedule in this regard.

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