MEXICO CITY — Twin storms left scenes of havoc on both of Mexico's coasts Tuesday, with tens of thousands of tourists stranded in resort city of Acapulco on the Pacific and heavy damage reported along the Gulf coast.
The death toll from the combined punch of Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel rose from 34 to 38 overnight, according to Mexico's federal Civil Protection coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente.
As many as 60,000 tourists, many of whom traveled from Mexico City for a long holiday weekend, found themselves stranded in Acapulco, with the airport flooded and highways blocked by landslides and water caused by Manuel. Much of the city was without water or power service, and television images showed water knee-deep around the check-in counters of the city's airport.
Officials worked overnight in efforts to open the highway and airport, and food and relief supplies into the resort city of more than 800,000.