Franklin becomes first hurricane of Atlantic season - CBS46 News


Franklin becomes first hurricane of Atlantic season

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Franklin has become the first hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season with 75 mph winds. 

The system was originally expected to remain a tropical storm, but as it tracked through the southern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, its forecast was upgraded to include the possibility of it becoming a hurricane prior to landfall. 

Once winds in tropical cyclones reach 74 mph, they're considered hurricanes. 

Franklin is expected to make landfall in Mexico late Wednesday or early Thursday. 

The system won't impact metro Atlanta or the U.S.

So far this Atlantic season, there have been six storms and one hurricane. 

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