Tropical Storm Fernand, formerly Tropical Depression Seven, is expected to hit the northeastern coast of Mexico later today or this evening, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center. The storm, which currently has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, is approximately 45 miles southeast of La Pesca, Mexico, and it is expected to continue moving toward the west or west-northwest today.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for an area ranging from Puerto Altamira to the mouth of the Rio Grande. The storm is also expected to bring six to 12 inches of rain, reaching as high as 18 inches in isolated areas, to the immediate Gulf Coast and in the Sierra Madre Oriental, including Tamaulipas and central or southern Nuevo Leon. A tornado or two is also possible across the far south of Texas through this evening.
Thus far no major airlines have released travel waivers due to the storm.
There are currently three named storms in the Atlantic. In addition to Hurricane Dorian, which is moving parallel to the northeastern coast of Florida after devastating the Abacos and Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas, a tropical depression has strengthened into Tropical Storm Gabrielle in the eastern Atlantic. Tropical Storm Gabrielle is expected to continue tracking toward the northwest through Friday.