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PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico  — The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Hurricane Patricia has weakened to a Category 1 storm, a far cry from the Category 5 monster that came ashore in a sparsely populated area of southwestern Mexico on Friday night.

The storm rapidly lost steam this morning as it moved over a mountainous region just inland from the shore.

There are reports of some flooding and landslides but no word of fatalities or major damage.

Mexico's transportation secretary says officials were bracing for the worst and are "not declaring victory" just yet.

Patricia's projected path is over a region dotted with hamlets that are at risk for dangerous mudslides and flash floods, and where communications can be sketchy.

In Texas, heavy rains that brought a flood threat to North and Central Texas will spread into South Texas as a stalled cold front causing the downpours is reinforced by remnants of Hurricane Patricia.

Much of the Texas heartland is under a flash flood watch Saturday as the National Weather Service expects the Austin-San Antonio area to get up to a foot of rain while already inundated sections of North Texas could get up to 7 more inches of rain.

Flash floods already have closed major highways in parts of North Texas. Floodwaters from more than 13 inches of rain closed Interstate 45 near Corsicana, backing up traffic for 12 miles, and closed parts of heavily traveled Interstate 35 near Waco.