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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical Storm Franklin is strengthening over the Bay of Campeche.

At 11 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Franklin was about 250 miles northeast of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico.

The storm was moving to the west-northwest at about 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph with some higher gusts.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…

  • The coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Tuxpan

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…

  • The coast of Mexico north of Tuxpan to Rio Panuco

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…

  • The coast of Mexico east of Puerto de Veracruz to Celestun
  • The coast of Mexico north of Tuxpan to Rio Panuco

A turn toward the west is expected overnight, with Franklin maintaining that motion up until landfall.  On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will move westward over the Bay of Campeche overnight and on Wednesday and is forecast to cross the coast of the Mexican state of Veracruz Wednesday night or early Thursday.

Additional strengthening is expected, and Franklin is forecast to become a hurricane late Wednesday and reach the coast of Mexico as a hurricane Wednesday night.

Franklin is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, and isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible across portions of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico through tonight.  Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches are possible across the Mexican states of Tabasco, northern Veracruz, northern Puebla, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, Queretaro, and eastern San Louis Potosi in eastern Mexico.  These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.


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