September 3, 2014 10:22:13 AM
MEXICO CITY -- Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Dolly threatened flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas as it moved in from Mexico's Gulf coast, where authorities had readied shelters and suspended school classes Wednesday.
The U.S. Hurricane Center said Dolly was located about 40 miles southwest of Tampico early Wednesday morning. The storm's maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 40 mph and it was moving to the west at 8 mph.
The storm was expected to bring 5 to 10 inches of rain to states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz, along the Gulf coast and inland. Life-threatening flash floods and mud slides were possible in mountainous areas.
Tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 140 miles but weakening was expected over the next 24 hours as Dolly moved farther inland.
Tamaulipas state authorities said earlier in the day that shelters were being readied and that classes would be suspended Wednesday in several municipalities along the Gulf coast. Authorities in neighboring Veracruz state ordered classes in the whole state suspended.
By Tuesday evening, several streets in the port city of Veracruz had flooded and least two streets where electric workers had been doing underground work had collapsed, damaging a house and several cars.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Norbert formed off Mexico's Pacific coast Tuesday. By early Wednesday, Norbert's center was about 135 miles west-southwest of Cabo Corrientes, and about 270 miles south-southeast of the southern tip of Baja California.