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Tropical Storm Frank Becomes a Hurricane in Pacific

National Hurricane Center (NHC) graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow), 25 Aug 2010

Tropical Storm Frank has strengthened into a hurricane over the Pacific Ocean.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Frank could get even stronger as it continues on its path away from the southwestern coast of Mexico.

The storm is now a Category 1 hurricane on the five-point scale of hurricane strength. It was last recorded 270 kilometers south of the Mexican port city of Manzanillo with sustained winds of nearly 120 kilometers per hour.

Meanwhile, in the Atlantic, Hurricane Danielle also picked up strength Wednesday.

The hurricane center says the storm's sustained winds increased to nearly 140 kilometers per hour. It remains a Category 1 hurricane.

As of the last report, Danielle was about 1,145 kilometers east of the Northern Leeward Islands and moving northwest.

Neither storm is currently posing a threat to land.

Farther east in the Atlantic, Tropical Depression Seven is expected to become a tropical storm later in the day. The storm was last recorded 690 kilometers west of the Cape Verde Islands with sustained winds near 55 kilometers an hour.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.