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Tropical Storm Frank Becomes a Hurricane in Pacific

Tropical Storm Frank has strengthened into the third Pacific hurricane of the 2010 season.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Hurricane Frank could increase in strength as it continues moving to the northwest. Earlier, Frank soaked Mexico's southern coast, where heavy rains killed four people, before moving out to sea.

Frank is now a Category One hurricane on the five-point scale of hurricane strength. At last report, the hurricane was 385 kilometers south of Cabo Corrientes, Mexico with sustained winds of 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 One storm.

Danielle was about 1,100 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 Storm Earl has formed about 840 kilometers west of the Cape Verde Islands. The National Hurricane Center says the storm has sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour. The tropical storm is expected to continue strengthening and could become a hurricane by Friday.

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