Tropical Storm Franklin Threatens Mexican Cities

Tropical Storm Franklin Could Form This Week

Tropical storm warnings begin in Belize City in Belize and curve around the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico to Campeche on its western side. This could lead to quick strengthening of Franklin, perhaps up to a low-end hurricane, before making a second landfall over eastern Mexico Wednesday night or early Thursday. Some of this area will be downgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning as Franklin approaches, as the hurricane wind field will not be that big. The NHC gives this system a medium chance of development over the next 5 days.

There's also an area of low pressure located about midway between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles, but the NHC says the associated showers and thunderstorms are not well organized.

According to the National Hurricane Center, an area of low pressure, now about midway between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles, had about a 50 percent chance of formation in the next five days. Franklin will make landfall first in the Yucatan peninsula early Tuesday morning, then reemerge over the southern Gulf of Mexico by early Wednesday morning. But on Monday they said unfavorable conditions unraveled the storm, although there's a still a chance the system could rekindle later in the week. Rain and storms will be possible at anytime due to the very moisture-rich air mass, but greatest coverage and intensity will occur during the peak heating hours of the day 2-8PM.

Tropical storm Franklin has made its way across much of Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya but not before dousing the region with high winds and intense rains. As it crosses the peninsula tonight and Tuesday, churning out 60 miles per hour winds, some areas could see as much as 12 inches of rain. So far there have been no hurricanes. By comparison, 2016's hurricane activity was about 150 percent of the average season.

Residents and visitors from Veracruz to Tampico, Mexico, should make the necessary preparations for Franklin's landfall with flooding rain, damaging winds, an inundating storm surge and mudslides.

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