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Season’s First Atlantic Hurricane Downgraded to Tropical Storm

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

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.

The latest reports from the U.S. National Hurricane Center shows Franklin now carrying maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers 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 cancelled 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 centimeters of rain, triggering life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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