Budding Atlantic tropical storm to threaten Mexico this week
Monday afternoon, Franklin was moving to the west-northwest at 13 miles per hour and the storm's speed and direction are expected to continue pushing it toward Mexico, National Weather Service forecasters in Brownsville say. Of those, researchers expect eight to become hurricanes and three to reach major hurricane strength (3, 4, or 5 on the Saffir/Simpson scale) with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or greater.
The government of Mexico has issued a hurricane watch for part of the eastern peninsula from Chetumal to Punta Allen.
Heavy rains brought by Franklin could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and Belize, according to the NHC.
From there it will move back out over the Bay of Campeche and will likely restrengthen before a second landfall in eastern Mexico. Accuweather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski believes it's possible that wind speeds could be close to calling the storm Hurricane Franklin before tonight.
Wind gusts capable of causing damage and power outages, as well as unsafe flash flooding, will continue to threaten lives and property across the Yucatan Peninsula into Tuesday afternoon.
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Franklin is the sixth named storm in the Atlantic so far this year.
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. "Even if formation does not occur before the system reaches the Yucatan peninsula, a tropical depression or tropical storm could form over the Bay of Campeche by midweek", the NHC said.
High pressure in the southern US should remain strong enough that Franklin will not directly affect the U.S.
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