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T.S. Barry makes landfall in Mexico

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Mexico City, Jun 20 (EFE).- Tropical Storm Barry is moving toward western Mexico after making landfall Thursday in the Gulf state of Veracruz, but no injuries have been reported, the national emergency management office said.

Strong winds and heavy rains from the storm are being felt across Veracruz.

No serious damage has been reported, Veracruz emergency management chief Noemi Guzman said.

Classes were cancelled in all 212 of the municipalities in the state, which had been suffering from a drought for several months.

The rains are expected to continue for the next 24 hours, but officials said they expected the ground would absorb the precipitation.

The low level of rivers and streams in Veracruz is expected to reduce the risk of flooding and muslides.

Barry was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph (40 mph) when it made landfall in Veracruz, the U.S. National Hurricane Center, or NHC, said.

The storm, which formed in the Bay of Campeche, is moving west at 7 kph (about 4 mph) and a tropical storm warning remains in effect from Punta El Lagarto to Tuxpan, the NHC said.

"Tropical storm conditions are still occurring along the coast within the warning area. These winds are likely to continue for the next several hours and begin to subside later today," the NHC said.

Barry is the second named storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which began on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30.

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