Tropical Storm Franklin May Hit Mexico Twice This Week

Tropical Storm Franklin came together in the northwestern Caribbean Sea just a short while ago, bringing about tropical storm watches and warnings from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) along the Central American and Mexican coastlines. The overall environment will allow for Franklin to strengthen some before landfall. It is then expected to make landfall a second time Thursday in eastern Mexico.

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Wind gusts capable of causing damage and power outages, as well as risky flash flooding, will continue to threaten lives and property across the Yucatan Peninsula into Tuesday afternoon. Further development is considered unlikely, with forecast odds of it developing into a tropical system at 10 percent in the next 48 hours, and 30 percent in the next five days. "We'll see higher surf on our beaches, and maybe even some beach erosion and minor coastal flooding as well".

Franklin will landfall in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula overnight Monday night at near hurricane-strength. Franklin was moving toward the west-northwest near 14 miles per hour (22 kph) and the National Hurricane Center expects a west-northwestward to westward motion over the next couple of days.

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Franklin will lose some of its intensity as it crosses the Yucatan Peninsula and is temporarily cut off from the anomalously warm waters of the western Caribbean.

The difference between a tropical depression, storm, or hurricane and the potential tropical cyclone is a tropical depression, storm or hurricane has a center of circulation.

Meanwhile, a second wave in the Central Atlantic has become more disorganized as it moves west at about 15 miles per hour.

On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will pass well north of Honduras Monday and then approach the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula by late afternoon.

  • Sonia Alvarado