Tropical Storm Fernand hits Veracruz, Mexico
Tropical Storm Fernand slammed into the east coast of Mexico overnight, just hours after it formed over the western Bay of Campeche, bringing the threat of heavy rain.
At 5 a.m. ET, the storm was centered about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Veracruz and 90 miles (145 kilometers) south-southeast of Tuxpan, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.
Weakening slightly early Monday, Fernand had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was heading west-northwest at 9 mph. The storm is expected to lose more steam as it heads inland and become a tropical depression later in the day.
A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Gulf Coast from Veracruz north to Barra de Nautla.
Fernand is expected to dump between 4 and 8 inches of rain over the states of Veracruz, Hidalgo, northern Puebla, southern Tamaulipas and eastern San Luis Potosi, and as much as a foot of rain in some places.
"These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides," the hurricane center said.