Tropical Storm Barry headsforms off Mexican coast

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This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 10:45 AM EDT shows tropical wave over the Lesser Antilles with light to moderate rain and thunderstorms. Fair weather across the remainder of the Caribbean with a chance of isolated afternoon thundershowers. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
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This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 10:45 AM EDT shows tropical wave over the Lesser Antilles with light to moderate rain and thunderstorms. Fair weather across the remainder of the Caribbean with a chance of isolated afternoon thundershowers. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Barry is bearing down on Mexico's Gulf Coast, poised to make landfall within hours.

The Miami-based center said the storm was about 30 miles (45 kilometers) north of the port city of Veracruz early Thursday and heading west at 5 mph (7 kph). Barry, which has sustained 45-mph (75-kph) winds, is expected to make landfall northwest of that city.

Forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season's second tropical storm is drenching areas in its path with between 3 and 10 inches of rain. They say the storm could cause life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides.

The center predicts Barry will weaken and dissipate Friday while moving inland over southern Mexico. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Punta El Lagarto to Tuxpan, Mexico.

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