Record-breaking Tropical Storm Danielle dissipates overnight

Tropical Storm Danielle dissipated overnight after making landfall at about 8 p.m. north of Tuxpan, Mexico.

The last public advisory on Danielle was issued at 5 a.m. when the storm, the earliest fourth-named storm on record, had maximum sustained winds of 25 mph.

National Hurricane Center forecasters continue to be concerned about flooding as mud slides with possibly up to 16 inches falling in some mountainous regions of eastern Mexico.

Update 10:34 a.m.: Tropical Storm Danielle’s winds have strengthened to 45 mph, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is about 105 miles north of Veracruz, Mexico and heading west at 7 mph.

Little change in wind speed is expected before landfall later today. The storm should quickly dissipate over land.

Previous story: Tropical Storm Danielle has formed off the coast of Mexico, making it the earliest fourth-named storm in history.

Danielle beats the previous record held by Debby, which formed on June 23, 2012.

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The National Hurricane Center says Danielle’s winds have strengthened to 40 mph as it nears Veracruz, Mexico, and could increase in speed before landfall. The storm’s minimum central pressure is 1008 mb.

While Danielle isn’t expected to last long after hitting the coast, it is following a trend this hurricane season of early storms.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

Tropical Storm Colin was the earliest third-named storm on record, forming up June 5 before hitting Florida’s panhandle as a messy system that brought high storm surge and flooding rains.

As of 8 a.m., hurricane center forecasters said Danielle has tropical storm force winds extending out 40 miles from center and that rains are already hitting Mexico. While not expected to impact the U.S., it could send waves into Texas that will increase rip current risks.

The biggest concern with Danielle in Mexico is rainfall of up to 15 inches in higher terrain areas that could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

Hurricane Alex set the stage this year with its January debut as only the second January-born Atlantic hurricane on record. 

The incredibly rare storm gained hurricane status hundreds of miles south of the Azore.

National Hurricane Center forecasters called Alex’s evolution “remarkable,” noting that since 1851, just one previous hurricane has formed in January — an unnamed and short-lived 1938 storm.

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