Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Franklin Becomes 1st Atlantic Hurricane as It Aims at Mexico

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Franklin Becomes 1st Atlantic Hurricane as It Aims at Mexico

Article excerpt

MEXICO CITY * Franklin strengthened into the first hurricane of the Atlantic season on Wednesday as it moved closer to Mexico's central Gulf coast, heading for an overnight landfall that would be its second on Mexican territory in three days.

As a tropical storm, Franklin made a relatively mild run across the Yucatan Peninsula on Monday night and Tuesday, but its wind was rising and it was carrying rain toward a mountainous region prone to flash floods and mudslides.

Veracruz state authorities ordered all classes canceled at public schools for Thursday as a precautionary measure. Schools are frequently used as storm shelters in Mexico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Franklin had maximum sustained wind of 75 mph late Wednesday afternoon. The storm was expected to gain more power as it moved across the southern Gulf of Mexico. …

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