Tropical storm Fernand developed Sunday afternoon in the western Bay of Campeche, just off the southeast coast of Mexico. The National Hurricane Center, in a Special Advisory, says Fernand was at latitude 19.2 north, longitude 95.8 west at 6 p.m. CDT Sunday. That location is about 25 miles or 40 kilometers east of Veracruz, Mexico. Forecasters say Fernand’s top sustained winds were at 45 miles per hour or 75 kilometers per hour, and Fernand was headed west at 9 miles per hour, or 15 kilometers per hour. Fernand’s lowest central pressure was 1003 millibars or 29.62 inches.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Gulf Coast of Mexico from Veracruz north to Tampico. Forecasters note that the warning means tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area in the next 12 hours, and urged residents of Mexico to “…monitor products issued by your National Meteorological Service.”
Fernand is expected to cross into Mexico in the warning area “…by early Monday morning.” Reports from an Air Force Reserve Reconnaissance aircraft indicated that “…some additional strengthening is possible before Fernand makes landfall.” The storm is expected to weaken as it moves inland. Tropical-storm-force winds have been measured up to 35 miles or 55 kilometers outward from the storm center.
Forecasters say Fernand will likely bring 4 to 8 inches of rain over Veracruz, Hidalgo, northern Puebla, southern Tamaulipas and eastern San Luis Potosi, Mexico. However, some isolated locations could receive around 12 inches of rain. Forecasters also warn that the rains could cause, “…life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.”
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