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Greg weakens, stays away from land


Greg and Fernanda churn in the Pacific
Greg and Fernanda churn in the Pacific

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

August 19, 2011 — Greg and Fernanda continue to weaken in the Pacific while tropical depression eight forms in the Atlantic prompting a tropical storm watch.

Tropical depression 8 forms on Thursday
Tropical depression 8 forms on Thursday

TROPICAL STORM GREG

Greg became a tropical storm early Wednesday morning after forming in the Pacific off Mexico's southwest coast. By the evening hours, the storm had stregthened into a Category 1 hurricane.

No coastal watches or warnings were issued as Greg continues to move away from the coast. Greg was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday morning and forecasters say it should gradually weaken as it moves into cooler waters.

TROPICAL STORM FERNANDA

Tropical Storm Fernanda remains far away from land and continues to slowly move westward in the Pacific. The NHC says the storm has strengthened slightly, but is not posing any threat to surrounding areas. No coastal watches or warnings are in place.

Meanwhile, a tropical depression that formed Thursday night is nearing the coast of northeastern Honduras, bringing rain and strong winds to the area.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the coast of Honduras including the Bay Islands and the coast of Guatemala.

As the storm tracks west, forecasters expect it to stregthen into tropical storm Harvey by Saturday, making it the eighth named storm of the Atlantic season.

For up-to-date information on both the Atlantic and Pacific storm season, head to the Tropical Storm Centre.

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