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Tropical Storm Frank Nears Mexico

August 9, 1998

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Tropical storm Frank edged towards Baja California on Saturday, and warnings were in effect through most of the peninsula’s west coast as a precaution against flooding.

The U.S. National Weather Service in Miami, Fla., put the storm center about 40 miles west-northwest of Cabo San Lazaro. The storm was moving north at 12 mph with sustained winds of 40 mph.

Frank was expected to turn northwest during the next day or so, causing the storm’s center to move parallel and very close to the west coast of Baja California.

The government posted warnings from Punta Tosca to Punta Eugenia, restricting navigation for small craft in the area and urging local authorities to prepare for possible floods.

The Weather Service forecast little change in Frank’s strength, but its storm-force winds extend from the center outward for up to 70 miles. This could bring as much as 6 inches of rain over portions of the peninsula, possibly causing life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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