Tropical storms Harvey, Greg weaken to depressions

August 21, 2011 - 1:45 AM

MIAMI (AP) — One-time tropical storm Harvey is bringing heavy rains to parts of Guatemala and eastern Mexico after weakening early Sunday to a tropical depression.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Sunday that Harvey weakened to a depression and was about 75 miles (120 kilometers) west-northwest of Flores, Guatemala, moving west at 14 mph (22 kph). Maximum sustained winds are 35 mph (55 kph), down from 60 mph (97 kph) when it made landfall.

Forecasters say Harvey's was on a track forecast to pass into southeastern Mexico in the coming hours after moving across northern Guatemala.

The storm was expected to bring as much as 6 inches of rain to parts of Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Forecasters say flash floods and mudslides are possible.

Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Irene was moving toward the Leeward Islands with forecasters issuing warnings for Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and numerous other islands.

The National Hurricane Center reported at 2 a.m. EDT Sunday that the storm was about 120 miles (195 kilometers) southeast of the Caribbean island of Antigua, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph). It was moving west at 22 mph (35 kph). The center said Irene could strengthen some in the coming 48 hours and become a hurricane by Monday.