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Fernand makes landfall, weakens to tropical depression

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    Monday, August 26, 2013, 7:18 AM -

    Tropical Storm Fernand formed off Mexico's Gulf coast late Sunday afternoon and then made landfall Sunday night into early Monday morning in the Mexican state of Veracruz.

    Government officials of Veracruz advised its 7.7 million residents to stay home and Governor Javier Duarte suspended classes to protect children from venturing out into the powerful winds and rain. 

    Fernand has since weakened to a tropical depression, but the threat of heavy rains and flooding continues.

    Between 100-200 mm of rain is expected over Veracruz, Hidalgo, northern Puebla, southern Tamaulipas and eastern San Luis Potosi, Mexico with isolated maximum amounts near 300 mm possible. 

    These rains could cause life threatening flash floods and mudslides, warns the U.S. National Hurricane Center.  

    The Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.

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