MEXICO CITY Aug 25 A tropical depression
threatening to become a tropical storm formed on Sunday in the
Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said, though the
country's main oil exporting ports remained open.
The oil ports of Cayo Arcas, Coatzacoalcos and Dos Bocas
were operating normally, officials said. However, Mexican
authorities closed the eastern port of Veracruz.
The tropical depression, named Six, was about 50 miles (80
kilometers) to the northeast of Veracruz and traveling westward
at 12 miles per hour (19 kph) with maximum sustained winds of 35
mph (55 kph, according to the NHC.
The hurricane center said the depression, which is expected
to become a tropical storm before making landfall early on
Monday, could produce rainfall of up to 12 inches (30 cm) and
life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in parts of eastern