Hur­ri­cane Franklin’s rem­nants give cen­tral Mex­ico a drench­ing

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The rem­nants of Hur­ri­cane Franklin soaked cen­tral Mex­ico on Thurs­day, threat­en­ing mud­slides and flash floods af­ter the storm hit the coun­try’s Gulf coast overnight.

The U.S. Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter down­graded the storm to a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion as it broke up over the moun­tains of cen­tral Mex­ico.

Franklin was cen­tered about 20 miles north-north­west of Mex­ico City on Thurs­day morn­ing, with sus­tained winds of 30 mph, with a steady rain fall­ing in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal and winds pick­ing up. It was mov­ing west­ward at 20 mph.

Franklin be­came the first hur­ri­cane of the At­lantic sea­son on Wed­nes­day and hit north of Ver­acruz city as a Cat­e­gory 1 storm.

Ear­lier, as a trop­i­cal storm, Franklin made a rel­a­tively mild run across the Yu­catan Penin­sula.

Au­thor­i­ties in Ver­acruz state can­celed pub­lic schools as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure. Schools are fre­quently used as storm shel­ters in Mex­ico.

There were no ini­tial re­ports of deaths, but au­thor­i­ties in a num­ber of states were closely mon­i­tor­ing the rains.

Mex­i­can of­fi­cials said the storm did less dam­age than feared as it rolled across the Yu­catan early in the week, but there was con­cern it could bring flood­ing to the moun­tain­ous ter­ri­tory east of Mex­ico City.

Fore­cast­ers said Franklin could drop 4 to 8 inches of rain, with lo­cal­ized amounts of up to 15 inches.

FELIX MAR­QUEZ / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Rain and wind pound boats late Wed­nes­day night that were pulled from the Gulf onto dry land in Ver­acruz, Mex­ico, as Hur­ri­cane Franklin came ashore. The Cat­e­gory 1 storm was the first hur­ri­cane of the At­lantic sea­son.

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