Hurricane Idalia strengthens in the Gulf of Mexico and Franklin hits Bermuda and the US

Mexico City.- As Hurricane Idalia batters rain and winds on Cuba and the Florida Keys as it makes its way across the Gulf of Mexico, storm surges and currents from Category 4 Hurricane Franklin hit Bermuda and the southeastern US coast.

The US National Hurricane Center warned that Idalia is increasing in Category 1 and could be an “extremely dangerous” hurricane with storm surges, high winds and torrential rain before hitting Florida.

Idalia, which would land in Florida on Wednesday, is moving away from Mexican territory but will bring rain and waves to the states of the Yucatan Peninsula this Tuesday.

The phenomenon features maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour, gusts of 155 kilometers per hour and a northward movement of 22 kilometers per hour.

“Occasional heavy” rains are also forecast in Yucatan and Quintana Roo, as well as showers in Campeche.

Franklin is approximately 370 miles (600 km) west-southwest of Bermuda and is moving north-northeast at a speed of 9 miles per hour (15 km/h).

Franklin’s hurricane-force winds extend up to 35 miles (55 km) from its center, and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 150 miles (240 km).

With information from EFE.

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