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Tropical storm Arlene hits Mexico with deluge

07-01-2011 13:53 BJT

MEXICO CITY, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Large portions of Mexico were hit by intense rainfalls of between 100 and 200 millimeters Thursday as Tropical Storm Arlene passed over the country's eastern states.

Arlene, the first tropical storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, coincided with the start of Mexico's rainy season, and resulted in widespread deluge, which has affected some 200,000 residents and left hundreds of thousands displaced.

The National Meteorological Service has issued weather warnings for 19 states and the capital, with its eastern suburbs already flooded before the advent of the storm.

The U.S.-based National Hurricane Center said Arlene was weakening to a depression as it passed overland, but the rains in mountainous areas could still cause flash floods and mudslides.

Civil protection officials in the coastal states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Hidalgo, Puebla, San Luis Potosi and Nuevo Leon said they were preparing for possible flooding.

Before the storm, some parts of the country had been suffering the most severe droughts in nearly 50 years.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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