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Tropical Storm Franklin Could Form This Week
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08 August, 2017

According to The Weather Channel, heavy rainfall and winds in excess of 40 miles per hour are expected to begin impacting places like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel by Monday afternoon as Tropical Storm Franklin bears down on the region.

A hurricane watch has been issued by the government of Mexico for a portion of the Yucatan Peninsula fom Chetumal to Punta Allen. With that being said, this system will likely maintain its circulation through the Yucatan peninsula, reemerging over warm water as it moves into the southern Gulf of Mexico.

It is expected to strengthen before reaching the Yucatan Peninsula's eastern coast and could be near hurricane strength by the time it hits land Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. "These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods", the National Hurricane Center cautions.

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Winds just below tropical storm force - (40 miles per hour) were measured just northeast of the wave's center. The system remains elongated, the NHC said in its 2 p.m. Sunday forecast, and the associated showers and thunderstorms are not yet well organized. Hurricane hunters may investigate the system on Monday if necessary.

On the forecast side, the Colorado State team led by Phil Klotzbach have maintained their call for an above average 2017 hurricane season in their latest update. Most of the major hurricanes over the years, like Andrew, Katrina, and last year's Matthew, have been Cape Verde storms. Shortly after, it will enter the Bay of Campeche and re-intensify before making a second landfall Wednesday night into Thursday along the eastern shores of mainland Mexico. About 80 percent of all hurricanes in the Atlantic have developed from August through October.


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