Helene Weakens to Tropical Depression; Gordon Strengthens

Helene made landfall Saturday morning

Saturday, Aug 18, 2012  |  Updated 4:41 PM EDT
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Five-day forecast cone for Tropical Storm Helene, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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Helene made landfall south of Tampico Mexico and weakened to a tropical depression Saturday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. Helene is moving over southern Tamaulipas State in Mexico, bringing heavy rain to the area.

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As of  4 p.m. Saturday, Helene had maximum sustained winds of 30 mph and was moving west-northwest at five mph. Helene is located about 65 miles west-northwest of Tampico, Mexico.

The tropical storm warning has been discontinued for the coast of Mexico from Barra de Nautla to La Cruz.

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Hurricane Gordon, meanwhile, is strengthening as it heads for the Azores, the National Hurricane Center said. As of 4 p.m., Gordon was moving quickly eastward. Gordon is located about 590 miles west-southwest of the Azores. Gordon has maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and is moving east at 21 mph.

Portugal has changed the tropical storm warning to a hurricane warning for central and eastern Azores.

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