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Hurricane Franklin hits eastern Mexico

Hurricane Franklin hits eastern Mexico
From Al Jazeera - August 11, 2017

Franklin, the tropical cyclone that was briefly a hurricane, has mostly dissipated in the mountains of eastern Mexico in a mass of thunderclouds and flash floods.

It was identified and named as it approached the Yucatan peninsula from the east on Monday and deposited 160mm of rain on Campeche as it left to the west on Tuesday.

Over the warm waters of the Gulf of Campeche, it travelled westwards and increased in strength. Using the Saffir-Simpson classification, based on wind speeds, Franklin reached the strength of a category 1 hurricane.

Precautions were taken in the Mexican province of Veracruz. Fishing boats were brought up onto the streets and windows boarded as a protection against flying debris. Hurricane Franklin made landfall late on Wednesday in northern Veracruz with steady winds of at least 130km per hour.

As soon as a hurricane comes onto land, it loses its source of energy and starts to weaken. In eastern Mexico there are mountains reaching to 5,000 metres above sea level and this is where Franklin disintegrated into a mass of thunderstorms.

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