(ORLANDO SENTINEL) -- While Hurricane Dorian threatens Florida, Tropical Depression 7 formed in the Gulf of Mexico today and is expected to become Tropical Storm Fernand by Wednesday. Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center was also keeping track of three more tropical waves that could become tropical depressions as well.
As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said the hurricane season’s seventh tropical depression had officially formed with 35 mph winds 185 east of La Pesca and 215 miles east-northeast of Tampico, Mexico. The government of Mexico has issues a tropical storm warning from La Pesca northward to Barra El Mezquital.
The system is moving west near 7 mph and is expected to grow into Tropical Storm Fernand by 8 a.m. Wednesday, forecasters said. It’s expected to drop 6 to 12 inches of rain with isolated pockets of 15 inches in Mexico that could cause life-threatening mudslides and flash floods, the NHC said. South Texas and the lower Texas coast is expected to receive 2 to 4 inches of rain with isolated areas of 6 inches.
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