Tropical Storm Franklin Hurricane 2017

09 August, 2017, 00:07 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Forecasters continuing to watch 2 disturbances in the Atlantic

"On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will be near the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula by this evening", the U.S. National Hurricane Center says.

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.

Residents and visitors from north of Veracruz to near Tampico, Mexico, should start making the necessary preparations for the storm to make landfall with flooding rain, damaging winds and an inundating storm surge.

The forecast from Colorado State has increased by 1 tropical storm, giving them a seasonal total forecast of 16 named tropical storms, 8 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

Up to a foot of rainfall is possible, which "could produce life-threatening flash floods", the hurricane center said.

"Some slow development of this system is possible during the next several days while it moves generally west-northwestward across the tropical Atlantic at about 15 miles per hour", the NHC reported.

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Franklin is located in the northwest Caribbean Sea and is moving west-northwest at 14 miles per hour (22.5 kph).

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Belize City north to the Mexican border, and along the Mexican coast from Chetumal to Campeche.

Mexican authorities in the state of Quintana Roo declared an "orange alert", and evacuated around 300 people from small coastal villages facing the greatest threat.

"There are strong signals that the wave will become a tropical storm before it moves west-northwest into the coast of Belize or Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula late Monday".

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. The storm is also expected to affect several Central American nations including Honduras, Nicaragua, and Belize. After that it could make a second landfall in mainland Mexico.

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