MIAMI, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Nate began to break down over Mexico Sunday afternoon, while Tropical Storm Maria stayed away from land, U.S. forecasters said.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 4 p.m. CDT advisory that Nate had been demoted to a tropical depression as it moved further inland and the Mexican government had dropped its tropical storm warning for its coastal areas.
The storm, which was centered about 30 miles south-southwest of Tuxpan, Mexico, had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph as it headed to the west-northwest across the Mexican state of Veracruz at 8 mph, the hurricane center said. Rainfall was expected to total just 1-2 inches in the region.
Nate was expected to become a remnant low during the night and dissipate by Monday.
In the eastern Caribbean, Maria was traveling well away from any land masses. The hurricane center said in a 5 p.m. EDT advisory Maria was about 115 miles north-northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico and was expected to pass north of the island during the night.
The storm was churning out winds up to 60 mph outward up to 200 miles as it headed to the west-northwest at 9 mph. While no warnings or watches were in effect because it was so far at sea, U.S. forecasters advised people on the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern Bahamas to monitor the storm's progress.
Maria was forecast to turn to the northwest during the night and then to the north-northwest Monday night. That track would take the storm gradually away from the extreme northeastern Caribbean islands and well east of the southeastern Bahamas by Monday night and Tuesday.
No significant changes in Maria's power is anticipated in the next two days, forecasters said.
Rainfall was expected to total 2-4 inches over the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and portions of the northern Leeward Islands over the next couple of days.