Tropical depression heads toward southern Mexico

Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say a tropical depression crossing Mexico's Bay of Campeche is expected to become a tropical storm before making landfall in that country's Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the Atlantic season's second tropical depression is drenching areas in its path with between 3 and 10 inches of rain, raising the threat of flash floods.

The depression formed Monday off Belize and was about 105 miles (170 kilometers) northeast of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, early Wednesday. It was moving west-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph) and forecast to strengthen before expected landfall Thursday morning in Veracruz state.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph). A tropical storm warning has been issued in Mexico from Punta El Lagarto to Barra de Nautla.

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