Tropical Storm Fernand forms in the Gulf of Mexico

Mail Online | 9/3/2019 | Valerie Edwards For;Associated Press
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Tropical Storm Fernand has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and three other disturbances are spotted as the center of Hurricane Dorian finally begins to move away from the Bahamas and towards the US mainland.

Fernand has prompted a tropical storm warning for Mexico's northeast coast.

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The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says slow strengthening is expected before the storm moves inland.

Fernand, the sixth named storm in the Atlantic, is located about 185 miles east north-east of Tampico, Mexico, packing maximum sustained winds of 40mph.

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'A motion toward the west-northwest is forecast tonight and Wednesday. This motion could bring the center of Fernand near or over the coast of northeastern Mexico late Wednesday,' the NHC said Tuesday.

Forecasters also said that 'the entire tropical Atlantic basin has become quite active'.

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'There are currently 3 disturbances being monitored for potential development, with another tropical wave expected to move off the African coast later this week,' the National Weather Service tweeted.

According to forecasts, one of the disturbances has more than a 60 per cent chance of developing into a storm.

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A second has less than a 40 per cent chance of storm development and the third has between 40-60 per cent chance of developing into a storm.

News of Tropical Storm Fernand comes just hours after Hurricane Dorian killed at least five people and destroyed as many as 13,000 homes during its path of destruction through the Bahamas.

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Practically parking over the Bahamas for a day and a half, Hurricane Dorian sent floodwaters up to the second floors of some buildings, trapped people in attics and led to others fleeing from one shelter to another.

Dorian's relentless winds and rain battered homes and businesses on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, which have a combined population of about 70,000 and are no...
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