Season's 1st Atlantic Hurricane Downgraded to Tropical Storm

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    August 11, 2017 08:18

    The Atlantic storm named Franklin has weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it continues on a path over eastern Mexico.

    Franklin made landfall on Mexico's eastern coast early Thursday morning as a category 1 hurricane on the five-tiered scale that measures a storm's potential destructive power.

    A family reacts to waves breaking over the seawall ahead of Hurricane Franklin in Veracruz, Mexico on Aug. 9, 2017. /Reuters

    The latest reports from the U.S. National Hurricane Center shows Franklin now carrying maximum sustained winds of 110 km an hour. Forecasters say the storm will weaken even further as it moves over eastern Mexico, before dissipating either late Thursday or early Friday.

    Mexican authorities have canceled nearly all hurricane and tropical storm warnings issued for parts of central Mexico. But Tropical Storm Franklin is still expected to produce rainfalls between 10-20 centimeters, with some areas getting as much as 38 cm of rain, triggering life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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