Franklin seen hitting Mexico as season’s first Atlantic hurricane

08/09/2017 Reuters

hurricaneVERACRUZ, Mexico (Reuters) – Tropical storm Franklin is almost a hurricane, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday, and is set to crash into eastern Mexico’s key oil-producing Gulf state of Veracruz as the Atlantic’s first hurricane of 2017.

On Wednesday morning, the storm was located about 140 miles (225 km) north-northeast of the city of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico and was blowing maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (113 kph), the center said. The storm is moving west at 13 mph (21 kmh) and its center is expected to approach the coast of the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday.

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