Tropical Storm Franklin nears Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Tropical Storm Franklin nears Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Tropical Storm Franklin nears Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Franklin's maximum sustained winds had decreased to 40 miles per hour (65 kph) since coming ashore overnight, but it was expected to strengthen again Wednesday while crossing the Bay of Campeche in the southern Gulf of Mexico.

A hurricane watch was put into effect from Puerto de Veracruz to Rio Panuco.

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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Franklin is expected to bring four to eight inches of rainfall with isolated amounts up to 15 inches through Thursday to parts of eastern Mexico, bringing danger of flashfloods and mudslides. Strong wind shear can prevent tropical development or shred apart mature tropical storms or hurricanes.

Heavy rain with rain totals of up to 12 inches, life-threatening flash flooding, and storm surges 2-4 feet above normal tide levels are expected in the watch and warning areas. So far, a hurricane has yet to form in the Atlantic, although Tropical Storm Emily surprised some residents.

That disturbance was heading northwest over the open Atlantic and has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center. Once in the gulf, Franklin is expected to intensify and as we mentioned on Sunday, Franklin is going to come very close to hurricane strength before making a second landfall in Mexico.

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Areas at risk include the tourist resorts of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

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.

At 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC) on August 8 the center of Tropical Storm Franklin was located near 19.5 degrees north latitude and 89.1 degrees west longitude. However, it could again pick up steam crossing the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico before striking Mexico's mainland, they said.

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