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Hurricane Franklin Heads for Mexican Gulf Coast

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Fishermen move their boats, normally moored in the Gulf of Mexico, onto a coastal road to protect them ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Franklin, in the port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Aug. 9, 2017.

Hurricane warnings are out for parts of the central Gulf coast of Mexico after Tropical Storm Franklin strengthened Wednesday into the first Atlantic hurricane of the season.

Forecasters predict Franklin will make landfall between Puerto Veracruz and Cabo Rojo, Mexico, Wednesday night or early Thursday.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Franklin was a Category 1 storm but, like all hurricanes, is still a danger.

Residents are warned to expect winds of around 120 kilometers per hour, mudslides, and as much as 38 centimeters of rain in some places.

But the forecasters say they expect the storm to quickly lose its power as it moves across land.

Franklin struck Mexico's Yucatan peninsula as a tropical storm earlier this week, knocking out power and blowing down trees.

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