Mexico flooding: Tropical Depression Manuel is one of three storms threatening nearly all of Mexico
Thousands of tourists still stranded
Mariano Castillo CNN
3:36 PM, Sep 18, 2013
4:17 PM, Sep 18, 2013
CNN) -- As if being stranded on the second floor of their beach home because of flooding wasn't enough, Veronica Garcia's family had another agonizing decision to make: who should be rescued?
Her family's getaway spot in Acapulco was among thousands of homes affected by Tropical Storm Manuel, one of three storms threatening nearly all of Mexico with devastating deluges and flooding. In fact, the Garcias were among some 40,000 tourists left stranded or cut off by weather that has claimed dozens of lives during a holiday weekend.
"Unfortunately, this took us by surprise," Garcia told CNN en Español. "It rained uncontrollably. The streets flooded and we had to stay inside our beach house."
As the water rose, Garcia and her four family members waited nervously on the upper floor for help, but no rescuers appeared to whisk them to safety.
When local volunteers finally arrived with a small kayak, their relief was short lived. Rescuers said the boat would only fit two family members.
It was decided that Garcia would be rescued, along with one of her sons.
A second round of agony followed as Garcia spent two days in a shelter before the rest of her family was rescued and everyone was reunited.
The Garcias' story was only one of countless examples of tourists whose vacations were interrupted by severe weather. Mexico was being pummeled from nearly all sides Wednesday as Manuel, the remnants of Hurricane Ingrid, and a new area of low pressure threatened most of the country with flooding or rain.
The storms are being blamed for at least 57 deaths -- mostly from Manuel. In Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located, the storm triggered flooding and mudslides.
On Wednesday, the rain eased and rescue operations and evacuations of tourists quickened.
The tropical storm was moving slowly toward Baja California. As of Wednesday, it was located about 90 miles west of Mazatlan.
Manuel is expected to produce five to 10 inches of rain over the state of Sinaloa, the National Hurricane Center predicted. It's 40 mph winds are expected to strengthen even four in the upcoming days.
While Manuel cast a shadow over the Pacific coast, a low pressure area on the Gulf side -- the remnants of Ingrid -- continued to threaten the coastal states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz.
And to the south, over the Yucatan Peninsula, another area of low pressure had a 70% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within 48 hours, the National Hurricane Center said.
More than 1 million residents across Mexico have been affected in some way by the storms, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told reporters.
Acapulco airport operator Centro Norte Airport Group moved its ticketing process to a convention center because of flooding in the passenger terminals.
Several airlines were waiving fees and helping get passengers out as the airport began to operate again.
A break in the rain allowed some 2,000 people to be flown from Acapulco to Mexico City as of Tuesday night.
The Acapulco city government said some 40,000 tourists had been stranded in the resort destination. The government set up special hotlines to help tourists, and businesses were offering special discounts for those who found themselves stuck.
"The aid is flowing," Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto told reporters. "A large deployment (of resources) is being made specifically to the most affected areas."
The severe weather made it difficult for aid to be airlifted into the hardest-hit areas, but those efforts resumed Wednesday, he said.
CNN's Brian Walker and CNNMexico contributed to this report.