Tropical Storm Franklin forms as it heads towards Mexico

Aaron Brown
August 9, 2017

The Atlantic's sixth tropical storm of the season is expected to strike the Yucatán Peninsula later today or early Tuesday and could intensify to a hurricane by the time it makes landfall, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Monday.

The storm was moving to the west-northwest at about 14 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour with some higher gusts.

Located 270 kilometers from Belize City and traveling at 20 kilometers per hour, the storm was expected to hit just north of the Mexican city of Chetumal, near the border with Belize, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

As we have stated before, Franklin is not a threat to make landfall in the US.

What remains of Franklin will steadily strengthen, likely reaching at least minimal hurricane status before making a second Mexican landfall early Thursday morning.

Franklin will also impact Honduras and Nicaragua, Belize, southeastern Mexico and northern Guatemala with localized flooding downpours and the risk of mudslides through Tuesday.

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Tropical Storm Franklin should pass across the Yucatan Peninsula and re-invigorate itself in the Bay of Campeche as a hurricane.

After the system crosses the Yucatan Peninsula, it is expected to move across the Bay of Campeche by midweek where additional development is expected.

Although predicting the path of tropical storms can sometimes be challenging, there is little doubt that Franklin is on a crash course with the Yucatan. The visible-light image, captured by the MODIS instrument aboard Aqua, showed Franklin's western quadrant over the Yucatan Peninsula as Franklin's center remained over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the eastern coast of Mexico, along with Belize, while watches are in effect for other Caribbean and Gulf coasts of Mexico.

Landfall probabilities forecast by the Colorado State team remain above average, suggesting a greater threat that a hurricane could strike the US coastline than in recent years.

Hurricane trackers in Sebastian and Vero Beach have been following a low-pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean that's moving northwest at around 15 miles per hour.

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