Tracking the Tropics: Franklin set to strike Mexico twice

by Garry Watts August 9, 2017, 0:08
Tracking the Tropics: Franklin set to strike Mexico twice

Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall on the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula late Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A hurricane watch was in effect for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Punta Allen.

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.

Most computer models used by the U.S. National Weather Service showed Franklin moving steadily west-northwest until making landfall on the Yucatan just north of Belize.

AccuWeather meteorologists are projecting Franklin to be close to hurricane strength prior to a second landfall in Mexico. Strong wind shear can prevent tropical development or shred apart mature tropical storms or hurricanes. Tropical storm force winds extend about 140 miles from Franklin's center.

Tourists visiting Mexico's Riviera Maya region should expect several inches of rain, some coastal flooding and risky rip currents into Tuesday.

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Heavy rains are expected as the system moves northwest across the Yucatan Peninsula late Monday and into Tuesday.

The storm is already showing signs of predicted weakening as it moves across the Yucatan Peninsula.

Tropical storm conditions were expected for the area from Chetumal to Campeche and could also affect Belize City north to the border of Mexico and for Campeche to Sabancuy, where a watch was in place.

According to The Weather Channel, "high pressure in the southern United States should remain strong enough that Franklin will not directly affect the US".

The not expected to see damage from this system other than parts of the Texas Gulf Coast seeing high surf and risky rip currents later in the week, The Weather Channel reported.

Tropical Storm Risk's previous forecast given in July was for 14 named tropical storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes during the 2017 Atlantic season.

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