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Tropical Storm Harvey forms, approaches Honduras

/ Source: msnbc.com staff and news service reports

Tropical Storm Harvey gained strength in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, threatening to bring high winds and heavy rains to parts of Central America.

Tropical storm warnings were issued for the Bay Islands of Honduras, the coast of Belize and parts of the southeastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Watches were in effect for coastal Honduras and Guatemala.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Bay Islands of Honduras, the coast of Belize and parts of the southeastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Watches are in effect for coastal Honduras and Guatemala.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Friday evening that Harvey's maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (80 kph). The storm was centered about 130 miles (209 kilometers) east of Isla Roatan, Honduras. It was moving west at 9 mph (14 kph).

Meanwhile, far out in the Pacific, Greg has weakened to a tropical storm and is expected to dissipate in the coming days.