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Tropical storm weakens after hitting C. America

Tropical Storm Arthur weakened to a tropical depression Sunday after soaking the Yucatan Peninsula, but still threatened to cause dangerous flooding and mudslides in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.
Image: This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 02:15 PM EDT shows clouds in the western Caribbean Sea associated with Tropical Storm Arthur
This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday shows clouds in the western Caribbean associated with tropical storm Arthur.AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Tropical Storm Arthur weakened to a tropical depression Sunday after soaking the Yucatan Peninsula, but still threatened to cause dangerous flooding and mudslides in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami warned that remnants of the first named storm of the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season could still cause potential life-threatening floods and mudslides.

Rains could total of 5 inches to 10 inches across portions of Belize, Guatemala and southeastern Mexico, with isolated rainfall up to 15 inches possible.

At 6 p.m. EDT, the center of the depression was located near the border of Guatemala and Mexico, about 80 miles southeast of Ciudad del Carmen, Mexico.

It was moving west-southwest at about 6 mph. Maximum sustained winds were near 35 mph.

Forecasters predicted it would remain inland over Mexico and stay well away from the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Tropical Storm Arthur formed Saturday afternoon — one day before the official start of the season June 1 — and quickly made landfall at the Belize-Mexico border before heading west.