Tropical Storm Franklin makes landfall on Yucatan Peninsula; Restrengthening expected

Tropical Storm Franklin makes landfall on Yucatan Peninsula; Restrengthening expected

Tropical Storm Franklin makes landfall on Yucatan Peninsula; Restrengthening expected

Further strengthening is expected when it gets into the warm waters as it heads toward the Mexican coastline for a second landfall sometime early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane between Tampico and Veracruz.

As of the National Hurricane Center's 10 a.m. CT advisory, the storm was located about 60 miles east-southeast of Campeche, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. This does not include Cancún or Cozumel. A hurricane warning was issued in the area of Chetumal to Punta Alain.

Although predicting the path of tropical storms can sometimes be challenging, there is little doubt that Franklin is on a crash course with the Yucatan.

Tropical storm Franklin has made its way across much of Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya but not before dousing the region with high winds and intense rains.

Tropical Storm Franklin was generating heavy rain when NASA's GPM satellite observed the rainfall from space.

Franklin will continue to produce flooding rain and scattered wind damage across the remainder of the Yucatan Peninsula.

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

On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will continue to move across the Yucatan peninsula through today, and emerge over the Bay of Campeche tonight.

Surface analysis centered on the tropical Atlantic shows the strong Bermuda high remains anchored over the Central Atlantic.

The United States should not be directly affected by this system, although parts of the Texas Gulf Coast could see high surf and unsafe rip currents later this week, the Weather Channel said.

Researchers at Colorado State University released a revised Atlantic hurricane season forecast Friday, News Service of Florida reported, and unlike most years, they're not adjusting their prediction downward. About 80 percent of all hurricanes in the Atlantic have developed from August through October.

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