Published: Sep 06, 2010 6:09 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 06, 2010 3:07 PM EDT

Update as of 2 p.m.

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) - Officials in south Texas are distributing sandbags and warning of flash floods, as Tropical
Storm Hermine  heads toward the northwestern Gulf coast.

It's the same area that was hit by Hurricane Alex in June, killing at least 12 people. Mexican authorities are urging people to move
to shelters.

MIAMI (AP) - A hurricane watch has been issued for the coasts of Texas and Mexico in the Gulf as Tropical Storm Hermine approaches.

The hurricane watch issued Monday covers the area from Rio San Fernando, Mexico, northward to Baffin Bay in Texas.

Hermine's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 kph). Additional strengthening is expected and the storm could approach hurricane strength before making landfall.

Hermine is located about 205 miles (325 kilometers) south-southeast of Brownsville, Texas, and is moving north-northwest near 13 mph (20 kph).

Heavy rain is predicted with northeastern Mexico into south Texas getting 4 to 8 inches with as much as a foot in some places.

It could cause flash floods and mudslides.