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MIAMI (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Earl has made landfall near Belize City, Belize, with maximum sustained winds near 80 mph.

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The hurricane is centered early Thursday about 5 miles southwest of Belize City and is moving west near 14 mph.

A hurricane warning is in place for parts of Mexico, though the storm is expected to diminish to a tropical depression as  it moves ashore.

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Hurricane center officials say heavy rains will be a danger in southern Mexico through Saturday as Earl crosses the Yucatan Peninsula and the states of Tabasco and Veracruz.

In Belize, the government opened storm shelters and used radio and television broadcasts to urge residents of low-lying areas to move to higher ground.

The only expected effect from Earl in south Texas will be slightly larger waves and a moderate risk of rip currents over the weekend.

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