Tropical storm Barry approached Veracruz, Mexico, Thursday, prompting preparations for flash floods and mudslides. In Veracruz, the state civil protection agency has set up 2,000 shelters that could house an estimated 306,000 people.
Barry may touch down on land in Veracruz, on the southwest end of the Gulf of Mexico, late Thursday or early Friday, with some effects stretching through the Gulf up to the United States and down to the southern reaches of Central America.
The U.S. National Weather Service reported Thursday morning that the tropical depression was about 26 nautical miles northwest of Veracruz. The wind flow from Barry merges with the northwesterly wind flow up to Texas. A low-level cloud ceiling was reported along the Gulf shore in Alabama, and rain and thunder storms reached parts of Florida.
Multi-layered clouds covered the Gulf down to the north of Nicaragua. Scattered strong winds were reported along the coast of Honduras.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.