Active Atlantic: Forecasters Monitor Multiple Systems

While Hurricane Dorian moved closer to Florida, two other named storms were blowing in the Atlantic region.

Tropical Storm Fernand is in the Gulf of Mexico and closing in on the Northeast Mexican coast just south of the U.S. border, with top sustained winds near 50 mph and higher gusts. The National Hurricane Center says heavy rainfall of up to 18 inches could fall in places along Mexico's Gulf Coast and the Sierra Madre Oriental, and could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides as the storm moves ashore Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle, meanwhile, is far out in the Atlantic Ocean and poses no threat to land. It is expected to remain a tropical storm on a track far from North America.

And a tropical wave that was forecast to emerge later Wednesday over the far eastern tropical Atlantic west of Africa had a 60 percent chance of formation over the next five days, the NHC said. The system had the potential to become a tropical depression over the weekend or early next week while it moves westward or west-northwestward.

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