Dolly is forecast to make landfall later Tuesday or early Wednesday along the east coast of Mexico. / National Hurricane Center
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Tropical Storm Dolly headed Tuesday for a soggy collision with Mexico's Gulf coast.
The storm's maximum sustained winds as of 11 a.m. Tuesday were near 50 mph and it was forecast to strengthen as it approaches the coast Tuesday night and moves inland on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The storm was expected to bring 5 to 10 inches of rain to northwest Mexico, though some spots could pick up as much as 15 inches. "This rainfall is expected to cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in areas of mountainous terrain," the hurricane center warned.
A tropical storm warning for Mexico's coast covered an area from Tuxpan to Barra el Mezquital.
Dolly was centered about 85 miles east-southeast of La Pesca and it was moving to the west-northwest at 16 mph.
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