Sep 6, 2010 4:02 PM by Melissa Canone
NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) - A tropical storm churning in the
Gulf of Mexico could approach hurricane force before it makes
landfall early tomorrow just south of the U.S. border with Mexico.
Tropical Storm Hermine (hur-MEEN') has prompted Mexican
authorities to open shelters and warn people near the northeastern
border with Texas to watch out for mudslides. The sparsely
populated area is about 50 miles south of Matamoros, just across
the border from Brownsville, Texas.
Officials in Texas have begun distributing sandbags.
A hurricane watch stretches across the border from northeastern
Mexico into south Texas.
Hermine is expected to pound the same area hit by Hurricane Alex
in June. Alex's remnants generated deadly rains that drenched the
region for days, killing 12 people.
Forecasters warn some parts of the region could see close to a
foot of rain.