Tropical Storm Arlene makes landfall in Mexico

MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Arlene made landfall early Thursday on Mexico's central Gulf coast near Cabo Rojo with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph).

Authorities in the states of Veracruz, Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi prepared for possible flooding as rain began falling along the coast Wednesday. Officials warned residents about impending winds and rain.

Officials said 6 inches (150 millimeters) of rain were possible in northern Veracruz state. Some isolated mountainous areas inland could get up to 15 inches (375 millimeters) of rain, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Forecasters said extreme south Texas also could get rain.

Arlene, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, was expected to weaken later Thursday and dissipate on Friday, the hurricane center said.

Early Thursday, the storm was centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers) north of Tuxpan, Mexico, and moving west near 9 mph (15 kph).

The main threat to Mexico comes from heavy rains that could cause flash floods and mudslides in 13 states, the government said.

If heavy rains hit the state of Tamaulipas, they would fall on soil dried out by the most severe drought to hit the area in 50 years. There was still unrepaired damage from Hurricane Alex, which struck the area as a Category 2 hurricane last year.

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