MIAMI — Forecasters say a tropical depression is dumping heavy rains on Central America and could be near tropical storm-strength when it reaches the eastern coast of Mexico.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the Atlantic season's second tropical depression was expected to bring up to 10 inches of rain across parts of Guatemala, the Yucatan Peninsula and southern Mexico. The depression formed Monday off Belize.
As of 11 p.m. EDT, the storm was about 60 miles (97 kilometers)west-northwest of Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico and moving toward the west-northwest at 12 mph (19 kph). The center will move over the southern Bay of Campeche overnight and reach the coast in the state of Veracruz, Mexico on Wednesday night.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (48 kph). A tropical storm warning has been issued in Mexico from Punta El Lagarto to Barra de Nautla.
Forecasters say the depression could strengthen Wednesday. The heavy rains may cause flash flooding.