At 2:00 PM AST, the center of Tropical Storm Fernand was located near latitude 24.3 North, longitude 97.9 West. Fernand is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 KM/H. A motion toward the west or west-northwest is expected today, and the center of Fernand will move farther inland over northeastern Mexico through tonight.
Satellite imagery indicates that the center of Fernand made landfall along the coast of northeastern Mexico around 12:15 PM AST about 55 kilometers north of La Pesca with estimated maximum sustained winds of 75 KM/H.
Maximum sustained winds are near 65 KM/H with higher gusts. Weakening is expected as Fernand move farther inland, and the system is forecast to dissipate over northeastern Mexico tonight or Thursday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 130 kilometers from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 millibars.
Watches & Warnings
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Puerto Altamira to the Mouth of the Rio Grande River, Mexico. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.
Interests along the lower Texas coast should monitor the progress of this system.
Hazards Affecting Land
Wind: Tropical storm conditions will continue within portions of the warning area through this afternoon. Squalls with gusts to tropical storm force are likely north of the warning area along portions of the lower Texas coast.
Rainfall: Fernand is expected to produce the following rainfall totals through Friday:
- Northeast Mexico:
Tamaulipas and Central/Southern Nuevo Leon: 6 to 12 inches (150-300 mm) with isolated 18 inches (450 mm), highest along the immediate Gulf Coast and in the Sierra Madre Oriental. This rainfall may cause life-threatening mudslides and flash floods.
Northern Nuevo Leon and Southern Coahuila: 3 to 6 inches (75-150 mm).
- South Texas and the Lower Texas Coast: 2 to 4 inches (50-100 mm), isolated 6 inches (150 mm).
Tornadoes: A tornado or two are possible across far South Texas through this evening.
This tropical storm is of no threat to the Lesser Antilles, including Trinidad and Tobago.