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Tropical Storm Claudette Weakens


Forecasters say a weakened Tropical Storm Claudette has entered the Gulf of Mexico and taken a path which could place it somewhere between Mexico and Texas early next week.

The storm crossed over the Yucatan Peninsula Friday, pounding Mexico's tourist resort of Cancun with heavy rains and strong winds.

Reports say Cancun police briefly evacuated several families from homes damaged by the storm, but there were no reports of any injuries. Although several streets were flooded, daily activity was almost back to normal.

At last report, Claudette was 240 kilometers northwest of Cancun, moving across the southern Gulf of Mexico at 22 kilometers per hour. The storm had wind speeds of 85 kilometers per hour as it moved in a northwesterly direction.

Claudette is the third tropical storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season which runs from June through November.

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