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Hurricane Stan Makes Landfall on Mexican Gulf Coast


U.S. weather forecasters say Hurricane Stan has slammed into Mexico's Gulf Coast, hitting the eastern state of Veracruz with high winds and heavy rain.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tuesday the storm is now moving southwest with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers an hour. Forecasters said the storm is centered about 140 minutes southeast of the port city of Veracruz.

The Mexican government had earlier issued a hurricane warning from Palma Sola in the south to Chilitepic in the east.

Mexico's state oil monopoly Pemex - a major oil supplier to the United States - says it has evacuated 270 workers from five oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

Stan dumped heavy rains over Central America last week, causing flooding and mudslides that killed at least 31 people in El Salvador and four others in neighboring Guatemala.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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