Overnight Quiet...Tropics Has A New Named Storm

Marsha Scott
August 9, 2017

Franklin is expected to reach the Yucatan Peninsula tonight, with his power nearly reaching that of a hurricane.

A hurricane watch is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Rio Panuco.

Forecasters think Franklin will cross over the Yucatan Peninsula and emerge into the southern Gulf of Mexico by Wednesday. This will continue to promote further strengthening of Franklin before it makes landfall, just north of Belize sometime tonight.

The National Hurricane Center's report said that Earl was responsible for 81 direct deaths in Mexico. Wind gusts of at least 80 miles per hour are possible near coastal regions of northern Veracruz if Franklin becomes a hurricane, according to AccuWeather.

Up to a foot of rainfall is possible, which "could produce life-threatening flash floods", the hurricane center said. Aside of coastal gusty winds, heavy mountain rain and mudslides will be the greatest threats posed by Tropical Storm Franklin.

A tropical depression or tropical storm could form over the northwestern Caribbean Sea, according to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami.

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Areas at risk include the tourist resorts of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. The mainly west-northwesterly track of Franklin will keep impacts confined to Mexico, so if you are going to be travelling on vacation to any location along the Yucatan Peninsula this week, you may want to hold off.

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Franklin will lose some of its intensity as it crosses the Yucatan Peninsula and is temporarily cut off from the anomalously warm waters of the western Caribbean.

Mexico readied for a second landfall as a weakened Tropical Storm Franklin chugged across Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday and headed for an eventual collision with the Gulf coast. However, it is too early for the computer models to make a forecast as to where Invest 99L would make landfall along the Florida east coast, if at all.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs until November 30.

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