Tropical Storm Fernand forms in SW Gulf

After a US Air Force plane flew over Tropical Depression Six in the SW region of the Bay of Campeche Saturday afternoon, data indicated the storm had strengthened to Tropical Storm status and it has been renamed Tropical Storm Fernand.

With sustained winds of 45 mph, Fernand was upgraded to Tropical Storm status around 5:45 pm Sunday, just two hours after teh National Hurricane Center upgraded the storm to a tropical depression.

Fernand is still expected to make landfall Sunday night/Monday morning near Veracruz, Mexico.

The storm won't hold together for long though, once it moves over land it will begin to lose its strength and is expected to dissipate within 48 hours of making landfall.

While the center of the storm will not have a direct impact on the Rio Grande Valley, some showers and thunderstorms from the system are expected to reach the south Texas region on Monday and Tuesday