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MIAMI, Florida (CBSMiami) - Tropical Storm Fernand is expected to weaken Monday as it treks westward over Mexico.

At 8 a.m., the center of the system was about 95 miles northwest ofVeracruz, Mexico. Fernand had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph as itmoved to the west-northwest at 9 mph. This motion is expected tocontinue over the next day or so.

As the system moves over the interior of Mexico is will weaken and isforecast to become a tropical depression later in the day and nothingmore than a post-tropical remnant by this evening.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Gulf Coast of Mexico from Veracruz north to Barra de Nautla.

Fernand is expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of rain over Veracruz,Hidalgo, Northern Puebla, southern Tamaulipas and eastern San LuisPotosi with isolated maximum amounts near 12 inches. The rain couldcause life threatening flash floods or mud slides.

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