17 August 2012 23:40 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Tropical Storm Helene formed off the east coast of Mexico on Friday and threatened to dump a large amount of rain on the country, US weather forecasters said.
As of 22:30 hours Houston time (03:30 hours GMT), the storm was about 90 miles (140km) east of Tuxpan, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles/hour, the National Hurricane Center said.
The storm was expected to hit the coast later by Saturday. The Mexico government issued a warning for the coast from Barra de Nautla to La Cruz.
The storm was expected to produce 5-10 inches (13-25cm) of rain, with isolated amounts of 15 inches across northeast parts of Mexico from northern Veracruz.
Earlier this month, Tropical Storm Ernesto forced the temporary closure of several Mexican oil ports.
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