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Tropical Storm Helene forms in Gulf of Mexico

Tropical Storm Helene has formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, leading to the issuance of a tropical storm warning for the eastern coast of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center said Friday afternoon that aircraft found the tropical storm about 90 miles east-southeast of Tuxpan, Mexico.

It has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving northwest at 7 mph. The storm's center is expected to make landfall on Saturday.

The hurricane center says the government of Mexico has issued a tropical storm warning for its coast from Barra de Nautla to La Cruz.

Helene is expected to bring 5 to 10 inches of rain, with as many as 15 inches across northeastern portions of Mexico. A storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1 to 2 feet above normal along the immediate coast and to the north of where landfall is made.

Meanwhile, Portugal has issued a tropical storm watch for the central and eastern Azores islands as Tropical Storm Gordon moves eastward.