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The Valladares family from Mexico City stand near the sea in Tulum, Mexico, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012 as Tropical Storm Ernesto brings the threat of hurricane-force winds and torrential rains to the Caribbean coast. The heart of the storm was expected to hit south of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, though strong rain and winds were likely there, and officials prepared shelters there as a precaution. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

Tropical storm Ernesto

Tropical Storm Ernesto

weakened to a depression as it traveled inland from the Gulf of Mexico

early on Aug. 10, but it sent wind gusts and showers across the state of Veracruz, home to some of Mexico's busiest ports and oil installations.