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Franklin becomes first hurricane of Atlantic season; landfall overnight

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Tropical Storm Franklin was upgraded to a hurricane Wednesday afternoon with 75 mph winds. 

Hurricane Franklin, in the extreme southwestern Gulf of Mexico, also known as the Bay of Campeche, is expected to bring hurricane force winds and torrential rainfall overnight into the Mexican state of Veracruz and then inland into the more mountainous states where flash flooding and mudslides will be likely.

The National Hurricane Center is expecting Franklin to strengthen further prior to landfall with near 85mph sustained winds in their forecast.

Elsewhere in the tropics, a disturbance (99L) northeast of the eastern-most Caribbean, has some potential to develop into a tropical cyclone (50%) over the next five days as it skates east of the Bahamas, and then possibly re-curving east of the U.S. thereafter. 

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