Tropical Storm Franklin Poised To Make Landfall Very Soon

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical Storm Franklin is poised to make landfall on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula very soon.

At 10:45 p.m., the center of the system was about 75 miles east-northeast of Chetumal, Mexico.

Franklin is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph. A west- northwestward to westward motion is expected during the next couple of days.

On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will cross the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula in the next hour or two, traverse the Yucatan peninsula overnight and on Tuesday, and emerge over the Bay of Campeche late Tuesday.  Franklin will then continue westward across the Bay of Campeche on Wednesday.

Weakening is expected while Franklin moves across the Yucatan peninsula overnight and on Tuesday.  Restrengthening is forecast Tuesday night and Wednesday while Franklin moves over the Bay of Campeche.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • The coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Rio Panuco

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Belize City northward to the Belize/Mexico border
  • The coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Sabancuy

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • The coast of Mexico from Sabancuy to Puerto de Veracruz

The Hurricane Watch for the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula has been discontinued.

Rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches, with isolated amounts of around 12 inches, are possible across the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico and Belize through Wednesday, with the highest amounts over the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods.

A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast near and to the north of where the center makes landfall. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

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