At 5.pm, the center of Hurricane Franklin was located near latitude 23.8 North, longitude 67.5 West. Franklin is moving toward the north-northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h), and a north-northwestward to northward motion is expected over the western Atlantic through early next week.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Further strengthening is forecast, and Franklin could become a major hurricane early next week.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 982 mb (29.00 inches).