Published: August 8,2017
Tropical Storm Franklin will exit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula later today, then will make its final landfall in eastern Mexico's Bay of Campeche coast Thursday, possibly as the Atlantic Basin's first hurricane of the season.
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Franklin made its first landfall as a tropical storm just before 11 p.m. CDT Monday night near Pulitcub, Mexico, about 180 miles south-southwest of Cozumel.
The center of Franklin continues to move to the west-northwest at about 10 to 15 mph over the Yucatan Peninsula, and will emerge over the Bay of Campeche later this afternoon.
Current Storm Status
A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning has been issued by the government of Mexico ahead of Franklin's second landfall in parts of eastern Mexico's Veracruz state, including the city of Veracruz.
Current Tropical Watches and Warnings
Residents of the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize can expect 4 to 8 inches of rain with locally higher amounts, which could result in life-threatening flash flooding. This heavy rain may last into Wednesday, as a north-south oriented plume of thunderstorms on Franklin's eastern half drags through.
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Projected Path and Intensity
To what degree it restrengthens is a bit uncertain, due to competing factors of increased wind shear - a negative for strengthening - and very warm heat content in the Bay of Campeche - a positive for strengthening.
Either hurricane or tropical storm-force winds may arrive as soon as late Wednesday along the coast, particularly in Veracruz state.
A storm surge of 2 to 4 feet is possible near and north of the center along the eastern Mexican Bay of Campeche coast late Wednesday night and Thursday morning, before water levels subside after that, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Up to 15 inches of rain may fall in eastern Mexico through Thursday associated with Franklin's final move inland. Flash flooding and mudslides are likely to be major concerns as Franklin grinds across this region's mountainous terrain.
Franklin No Direct Threat to the U.S.High pressure in the southern U.S. should remain strong enough that Franklin will not directly affect the U.S.
We've now entered the portion of hurricane season when every potential system must be watched closely for development and potential impacts to land. About 80 percent of all hurricanes in the Atlantic have developed from August through October.
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It has been almost five years since a hurricane made landfall in the United States during August. The last one was Hurricane Isaac, which struck Louisiana on Aug. 28, 2012.
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