Tropical Storm Arlene is currently moving westward at a speed of approximately 8 miles per hour. The storm is gradually strengthening, and is expected to make landfall in northeastern Mexico early on Thursday, the center said.
The government of Mexico has issued a hurricane watch, effective between Yuxpan to the north and La Cruz. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible for the area.
In addition, a tropical storm warning is in effect for the northeastern coast of Mexico from Barra de Nautla northward to Bahia Algodones. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the area. In the case of Tropical Storm Arlene, these conditions are expected within the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds are being measured at 50 miles per hour, with forecasters suggesting strengthening, possibly to a hurricane. Arlene is expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of accumulated rainfall, with a maximum of 15 inches in some isolated areas, over Tamaulipas, Veracruz and San Luis Potosi. Heavy rainfall could also cause mudslides and flash floods.