Tropical Storm Franklin could make second landfall in Mexico

August 09, 2017

THE WEATHER NETWORK–All eyes are on the Atlantic basin as Tropical Storm Franklin could make a second landfall in Mexico.

Tropical Storm Emily formed very near to the west Florida coast late in July before crossing the peninsula while deluging it with several inches of rain, and now Tropical Storm Franklin has accomplished a similar feat. It crossed the tropical storm threshold overnight Sunday and made landfall near Pulticub around 11:45 p.m. EDT on Monday. Franklin is currently bringing heavy rain to portions of the Yucatan Peninsula 

At last report, the storm boasted maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h, moving west-northwest at 19 km/h.

"On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will move into the Bay of Campeche later today, move westward across the Bay of Campeche tonight and Wednesday, and be near the coast of mainland Mexico Wednesday night or early Thursday."

Aside from the winds, the storm is set to drop 150-300 mm of rain on the Yucatan, though some local amounts could be as high as 600 mm, according to the NHC.

A hurricane watch is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Rio Panuco, with tropical storm warnings issued for several surrounding areas.

Once it is done with the Yucatan, Franklin is continue through the Gulf of Mexico for a second landfall mid-way up Mexico's Gulf coast by the early hours of Thursday, potentially with stronger winds though at this time it is not expected to achieve hurricane status.

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