MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Hurricane Frank powered along Mexico’s Pacific on Thursday and could turn into the Baja California peninsula as a storm but is expected to weaken quickly, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Sustained wind speeds were near 90 mph as Frank reached Category 1 status but was expected to weaken. “A gradual weakening is expected tonight and Friday followed by a more steady weakening on Saturday as Frank moves over cool waters,” the center said.
Frank, the third Pacific hurricane of the season, was 335 miles south of the tip of Baja California on Thursday afternoon. It is expected to swing west over the weekend and could dump heavy rain on Baja California, but is so far forecast to move away from beach resorts popular with U.S. tourists.
Mexico, which has many oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, does not have oil operations in the path of the storm.
Frank killed three people in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Eric Beech