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Franklin intensifies, evolves into Category 1 Hurricane

Mexico — Tropical storm Franklin that passed through the state of Quintana Roo Monday and Tuesday, has now intensified into a Category 1 hurricane.

As of 4:00 p.m. today, Tropical Storm Franklin was renamed Hurricane Franklin and rated a Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale after it evolved into a hurricane while crossing the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is being tracked as it makes its way west toward Veracruz at 12 kilometers per hour.

The Meteorological National Service (SMN) reports the center of the system as being located approximately 170 kilometers northeast of the port of Veracruz and 280 km to the east-southeast of Tuxpan with sustained maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour.

SMN says Franklin will likely generate more than 250 mm of rain in regions of Puebla and Veracruz with torrential storms in areas of Hidalgo, and intense storms in areas of Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Nayarit, Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Strong winds are expected with gusts above 80 km / h and waves of 4 to 6 meters along the coast of Veracruz with wind gusts of  60 km / h, creating waves from 1 to 3 meters along the coasts of Tamaulipas, Tabasco and Campeche.

Franklin is the first hurricane to form in the basin of the Atlantic in the 2017 tropical cyclone season.