Storm Franklin expected to hit Mexico's east coast as hurricane: NHC

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 09, 2017 8:22 AM

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Franklin has gained in strength and is expected to develop into a hurricane later on Wednesday, hitting Mexico's eastern Veracruz state as a hurricane on Wednesday night or early on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

On Wednesday morning, the storm was located about 195 miles (315 km) east-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico and was carrying maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (110 kph), the center added. Franklin was expected to weaken rapidly after making landfall.

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(Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala and Karen Rodrigues in Bengaluru; Editing by Frances Kerry)