Tropical Storm Earl: Friday Evening Update

Earl restrengthens over the southern Bay of Campeche ~ Torrential rains could produce flash floods and mudslides.

The center of Tropical Storm Earl is now about 55 miles northwest of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico.  This is latitude 18.8 North, longitude 95.0 West.

Earl is moving toward the west near 8 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue during the next day or so.  On this forecast track, Earl will move inland into the Mexican state of Veracruz later tonight.  Maximum sustained winds have increased to 60mph.  Little change in strength is expected before landfall.

Earl could produce total rainfall accumulations of 8 to 12 inches over portions of the Mexican state of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, Tabasco, and Veracruz through Saturday morning.  Some isolated spots could pick up as much as 18 inches of rain.

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