Tropical Storm Chris makes landfall in Eastern Mexico

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Tropical Storm Chris makes landfall in Eastern Mexico

Tropical Storm Chris made landfall on the eastern coast of Mexico late Sunday and weakened to a tropical depression hours later, the National Hurricane Center of the United States said.

The center of the storm made landfall in the state of Veracruz, the Hurricane Center said, just before midnight local time. Chris was the third named storm in an already active Atlantic hurricane season.

Hurricane Beryl was also moving west toward the Caribbean as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane early Monday. That prompted emergency preparations over the weekend across the Windward Islands, southeast of Puerto Rico and north of Venezuela.

Chris’s maximum sustained winds at landfall were around 40 miles per hour, more than 30 m.p.h. below hurricane strength, according to the National Hurricane Center. A tropical storm warning was in effect on Sunday for part of Mexico’s eastern coast.

By 5 a.m. Eastern time, the storm’s winds had weakened to 35 m.p.h., and Mexico had discontinued its tropical storm warning

Alberto, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, made landfall in eastern Mexico on June 20. Alberto unleashed heavy rain, flooding and gusty winds. The authorities said that at least four people died in events related to that storm.