Franklin Becomes First Atlantic Hurricane of 2017, Dangerous Flood Threat Expected in Mexico





Franklin has strengthened into the Atlantic Basin’s first hurricane of 2017 over the Bay of Campeche, but is now bearing down on eastern Mexico as the hurricane heads ashore.The center of Franklin is now less than 70 miles north of Veracruz, Mexico, moving west at 10 to 15 mph in the Bay of Campeche.

Conditions are quickly deteriorating on the coast of eastern Mexico as bands of rain and gusty winds move ashore.

La Vigueta in the state of Veracruz has reported a wind gust of 45 mph, while hurricane hunters reported wind gusts as high as 90 mph a few hundred miles off the coast mid-Wednesday evening.

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