Franklin weakens to tropical storm after making landfall as hurricane


Franklin has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves farther inland over eastern Mexico.

The storm made landfall early Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane, the first of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Franklin’s maximum sustained winds later decreased to near 113 km/h with additional weakening expected.

The storm is expected to dissipate late Thursday or early Friday. Franklin is centered about 121 kilometres south of Tuxpan, Mexico, and is moving a little south of west near 24 km/h.

Mexico Tropical Weather

Red flags serve as markers to warn beachgoers to stay out of the water ahead of the arrival of Franklin, which slammed into Veracruz, Mexico, as a Category 1 hurricane but quickly dissipated into a tropical storm as it moved inland. (Felix Marquez/AP)