Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Tropical Storm Franklin could be hurricane when hits Yucatan

Tropical Storm Franklin could be hurricane when hits Yucatan

The storm continues to batter Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula with heavy rain and strong winds, and flash flooding is still a major concern. A storm surge of up to four feet - accompanied by large, destructive waves - is also possible as the storm slams into the shoreline. After this, the storm will emerge in the Bay of Campeche where it could potentially reach hurricane strength. The MODIS image also revealed the storm had developed an eye. It will likely impact central American and Mexico, but stay well to the south of the United States.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Belize City northward to the border of Mexico and for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Campeche.

Franklin will make its second landfall close to Laguna Tamiahua Mexico.

A spokesperson for The Weather Channel said: 'Belize and the Caribbean coast of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula should expect rainfall to begin midday Monday with rainfall spreading inland through the day.

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Wind gusts equal to or greater than 50 km/h: Durango, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Tabasco, southern Veracruz, Michoacán, Colima, Jalisco, Najarit, Guanajuato, Querétaro, Hidalgo, Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala.

Along with winds at nearly hurricane speed, the tropical storm will potentially bring 10-foot waves to Mexico's Caribbean coast before moving down to the country's Gulf of Mexico, and then to eastern Mexico-potentially developing into a hurricane before it strikes the country a second time. Tropical storm WARNING + hurricane WATCH for parts of the Yucatan Peninsula. tropical storm WATCH for upper coastal Belize including Belize City. only four other years have had 4 tropical storms by August 6th - 1936, 1959, 2005 & 2012 (according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach).

It's moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts that unfavorable environmental conditions should limit development of this system during the next few days, but some development is possible by the weekend. Maximum sustained winds were 45 miles per hour with higher gusts. Additional weakening is expected while Franklin moves across the Yucatan peninsula today. Franklin is then expected to move across the Yucatan Peninsula Monday night and on Tuesday.

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