Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Tropical Storm Franklin Could Form This Week

Tropical Storm Franklin Could Form This Week

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Franklin's top sustained winds had decreased to near 50 miles per hour (80 kph) early Tuesday and predicted it would continue weakening while moving over the peninsula.

Tropical storm warnings were issued Sunday for most of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula coast, while a tropical storm watch was issued for portions of Belize.

Before Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early on August 8, NASA's Aqua satellite looked at cloud extent and size of the storm, and the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite analyzed it's rainfall rates.

Tropical Storm Franklin continues to weaken after making landfall overnight. Accuweather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski believes it's possible that wind speeds could be close to calling the storm Hurricane Franklin before tonight. Franklin also threatened to bring flash floods and mudslides in mountainous central Mexico.

The Mexican authorities have prepared shelters, cleared the drainage channels and announced the closure of an airport near the Caribbean coast, preparing for the tropical storm Franklin, the Associated Press reported.

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Franklin is blowing maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (97 kph), and the center of the storm is expected to make landfall late Monday night, cross the peninsula and then reach the Bay of Campeche late Tuesday on the other side, the Miami-based NHC said in an advisory.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts that unfavorable environmental conditions should limit development of this system during the next few days, but some development is possible by the weekend.

"Downpours will first reach the eastern Yucatan on Monday afternoon with the worst impacts across the peninsula on Monday night into Tuesday", he said.

While it should remain well to the south of the border, Brady said the Rio GrandeValley is expected to feel the brush of the storm in the form of rain and lower temperatures. On the current track, Franklin will move across the Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday and will gather strength as it moves over the Bay of Campeche.

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