People cross a collapsed bridge destroyed by Hurricane Ingrid in Coyuca de Benitez area, Guerrero state, Mexico, on September 18, 2013. Hurricane Ingrid weakened to tropical storm strength as it made landfall on the northeastern coast in the morning while the Pacific coast was reeling from the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel, which dissipated after striking on the eve. Thousands of people were evacuated on both sides of the country as the two storms set off landslides and floods that damaged b
Doyle Rice, USA TODAY
While Mexico continues to reel from a pair of powerful tropical systems, a new threat is emerging in the Gulf of Mexico that could bring more flooding to the storm-battered nation as well as heavy rains to portions of the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend.
Hurricane Manuel made landfall Thursday morning just west of Culican, Mexico, on the country's west coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported.
As of 2 p.m. EDT, Manuel had weakened to a tropical storm with winds of 65 mph and was crawling to the north-northeast at 3 mph. It was located about 40 miles north-northeast of Altata, Mexico.
It is yet another blow to a country battered by the one-two punch of Manuel's first landfall on Sunday and Tropical Storm Ingrid's lashing of Mexico's east coast on Monday.
Meanwhile, another tropical system is bubbling up in the Gulf of Mexico, which the hurricane center says will likely become a tropical depression during the next day or two.
If it becomes a tropical storm, which means its winds would have to reach 39 mph, it would be called Jerry.
This storm may affect the U.S.: The combination of moisture from the new system in the Gulf, an approaching cool front from the northwest and some moisture from Manuel will bring both needed rain to parts of Texas but also the potential for flash and urban flooding, AccuWeather reports.
"New information suggests that the system in the Gulf, while it is likely to become a tropical depression and may become a tropical storm, it is not likely to become a powerful hurricane," AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski says.
However, the storm "will likely spread heavy rain over portions of eastern and southern Mexico and could cause life-threatening floods and mudslides over areas already impacted by torrential rain during the past several days," the hurricane center warns in an online bulletin.
So far, at least 80 people have been killed in Mexico from the storms, not including the 58 people missing from a landslide in La Pintada, located a few hours north of Acapulco. Thousands of tourists remain stranded in Acapulco due to washed-out bridges and dozens of landslides.
Mexican officials said that more than 10,000 people had been flown out of the city on about 100 flights by Wednesday evening, just part of the 40,000 to 60,000 tourists estimated to be stranded in the city.
Fortunately, Manuel's worst may be over: "Now that Manuel has moved over land, weakening will begin soon and Manuel is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression late tonight or early Friday," the hurricane center predicts. "The cyclone is forecast to dissipate over the mountainous terrain of Mexico by Friday night."
Far out in the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Depression Humberto continues to weaken and remains no threat to land.
Yet another area of storminess is slowly organizing between the Bahamas and Bermuda, AccuWeather says. That area could develop into a storm that would affect Bermuda and then potentially the Canadian Maritimes.
Contributing: Associated Press