Tropical Storm Fernand expected to weaken - Aug 26th, 2013 - International

— Tropical Storm Fernand is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later in the day as it moves across Mexico.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph.

A tropical storm warning is in effect on Mexico's coast from Veracruz north to Barra de Nautla (nah-OOL'-tuh).

The government of Veracruz state has advised its 7.7 million residents to stay home, and Gov. Javier Duarte suspended classes in the whole state to protect children from venturing out into winds and rain.

Fernand is centered about 60 miles northwest of Veracruz and is moving west-northwest near 9 mph

The storm is expected to bring 4 to 8 inches of rain over parts of several states as it moved toward central Mexico.