Tropical Storm Fernand hits Veracruz, Mexico

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Monday, August 26, 2013 - 12:32pm

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.

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