Tropical Storm Barry strengthened slightly Wednesday evening after it former earlier in the day in the southern Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.
At 11 p.m. Eastern, it was about 40 miles northeast of Veracruz, Mexico. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and was moving to the west at 6 miles per hour.
A tropical storm warning was in effect for Punta el Lagarto to Tuxpan, Mexico.
A general westward track was forecast for the storm, with a decrease in forward speed expected Wednesday night and Thursday. The center was expected to reach the coast of Veracruz Thursday morning.
Barry was expected to produce total rainfall of 3 to 5 inches, with up to 10 inches in portions of southern Mexico. The rains could cause life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas, the National Hurricane Center warned.