Tropical Storm Dolly heads for Mexico's Gulf coast; new storm forms in Pacific


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MEXICO CITY — Tropical Storm Dolly headed Tuesday for a soggy collision with Mexico's Gulf coast.

The storm's maximum sustained winds were near 45 mph (75 kph) and some strengthening was possible as Dolly's center approaches the coast in the evening and moves over land overnight, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The storm was expected to bring 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 centimeters) of rain to states along the Gulf coast and inland.

A tropical storm warning for Mexico's coast covered an area from Cabo Rojo to Barra el Mezquital.

Dolly was centered about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of the port city of Tampico Tuesday afternoon. It was moving to the west at 12 mph (19 kph).

Also Tuesday, another tropical storm, Norbert, formed off the Mexico's Pacific coast.

Norbert's center was about 180 miles (285 kilometers) southwest of Manzanillo. It was moving toward the north-northeast, but Hurricane Center forecasters said it was expected to turn west and head away from land.

Maximum sustained winds were around 40 mph (65 kph), and the storm was forecast to strengthen somewhat in the next two days.

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