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Franklin storm's remains douse central Mexico with heavy rain

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What key personal and financial documents should you bring with you in an evacuation? With hurricane season starting June 1, it's smart to have a plan in place.Priority in an evacuation should be given to your own safety, said certified financial planner Ann Coulson, an assistant professor at Kansas State University's Institute of Personal Financial Planning. While it can help to bring with you harder-to-replace documents (like birth certificates) or ones that can help in the aftermath of a storm (such as your insurance policy), tracking those down shouldn't delay evacuating."A lot depends on time," she said. "Their lives should come first."Ideally, consumers should have important documents already gathered and stored in a watertight, fire-protected safe as part of a disaster preparedness plan . You might consider making electronic copies that can be uploaded to secure cloud storage service, in the event you are not allowed to return to your home after a storm.Based on recommended lists from the Red Cross, the Insurance Information Institute and ASPCA, here's some of the documentation that would be good to bring with you, if possible, in an evacuation: Hurricane season prep: Here's what should be in your 'go bag'

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VERACRUZ, Mexico Aug 10 (Reuters) - Remnants of this year's first Atlantic hurricane dumped rain over the eastern Gulf coast and central Mexico on Thursday, but officials said there were no reports of deaths or major damage.

Franklin landed in the early hours of Thursday as a Category 1 hurricane and later weakened into a tropical storm over the eastern coast of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Heavy rains fell over central Mexico, raising the risk of flash floods and mudslides in the mountainous terrain.

The state of Veracruz, a major oil producer and home to two important petroleum ports, showed few signs of damage following the passage of the storm. The Ciudad Madero refinery is across the state's northern border, but it was on the periphery of the storm's path.

There were many fallen trees, isolated power outages and some blocked highways, but no reports of deaths or serious injuries, Luis Felipe Puente, Mexico's director of civil protection, told local television.

The storm is located about 60 miles (95 km) east-northeast of Mexico City with sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph), the hurricane center said.

"Additional weakening is expected as Franklin moves over Mexico, and the cyclone is likely to dissipate later today," it said.

A worker cleans the beach of branches and debris after the passing of Tropical Storm Franklin in Majahual in the state of Quintana Roo © REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Garcia A worker cleans the beach of branches and debris after the passing of Tropical Storm Franklin in Majahual in the state of Quintana Roo (Reporting by Apeksha Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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