BROWNSVILLE — As the remnants of Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel brought heavy rains across Mexico, another atmospheric disturbance with potential to strengthen into a tropical storm began forming over the southern Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday afternoon.
The National Hurricane Center is predicting that an area of low pressure over Belize and Southern Yucatan has a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression during the next two days.
Hurricane watchers at the center reported Tuesday afternoon that the system was moving slowly west and northwest and likely will emerge above the Bay of Campeche today.
“Environmental conditions should continue to be generally conducive for some additional development during the next several days as the disturbance moves slowly across the southern Gulf of Mexico,” a notice from the hurricane center states.
The system has a 60 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression during the next five days, the center predicts.
But even if the system doesn’t become a tropical depression or storm, the disturbance is expected to dump more heavy rains across eastern Mexico, causing more hardship.
“These rains could cause life-threatening floods and mud slides over areas already impacted by the torrential rains associated with Ingrid and Manuel,” the National Hurricane Center notice states.
By Tuesday afternoon the death toll in those storms was 47 after Tropical Storm Manuel struck Mexico’s western coast and Hurricane Ingrid simultaneously hit the east coast Monday morning.
The Associated Press reported that Mexican Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told Radio Formula that 27 people died from the storm in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero and 20 more died nationwide, many as a result of Ingrid.
In Veracruz, 12 people died when a mudslide slammed into a bus traveling through the town of Altotonga, about 40 miles northwest of the state capital, The AP reported.
Ingrid’s heavy rains caused more than 23,000 people in Veracruz to evacuate with 9,000 going into emergency shelters, the AP reported, adding that at least 20 highways and 12 bridges were damaged.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.