Arlene now tropical depression

First Atlantic tropical system brings rain to eastern Mexico

TAMPICO, Mexico (UPI) | July 1, 2011

Arlene was downgraded to a tropical depression Thursday but much of eastern Mexico was still getting heavy rain, U.S. forecasters said.

At 8 p.m. EDT, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the Mexican government had discontinued all warnings for the coast of Mexico.

Arlene's center was about 90 miles southwest of Tampico, Mexico, and the storm was moving toward the west-southwest at 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. Arlene was expected to weaken Thursday night and continue in the same general motion, moving inland over higher terrain until dissipating, forecasters said.

Arlene was expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of rain over eastern and northeastern Mexico, with up to 15 inches in isolated instances possible in the mountains, forecasters said. Flash floods and mud slides were possible.

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