Mexico braced as tropical storm upgraded to hurricane

Mexico braced as tropical storm upgraded to hurricane

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Mexico faces a further battering as Tropical Storm Manuel has been upgraded into a category one hurricane.

Hurricane Manuel is approaching the north west of the country and threatens more destruction, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

Tropical storms Ingrid and Manuel killed 80 people earlier this week.

Now 58 people are reported missing after a landslide buried a village in the south-west of the country.

US experts say Hurricane Manuel is sustaining winds of 75mph and moving towards the coast.

Tens of thousands of tourists, cut off by landslides caused by Manuel, are still being transported out of the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco.

More than 2,000 tourists have been airlifted from a military air base north of the resort.

Soldiers guarded families who waited for hours outside the base until they were allowed to board one of the few aircraft which would take them to Mexico City, the BBC reported.

Passengers have been stranded in hotels and at Acapulco's international airport, where water flooded the terminal.



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