Tropical Storm Franklin to Become the Atlantic Basin's First Hurricane of 2017 Before Landfall; Dangerous Flood Threat

Chris Dolce
Published: August 9, 2017

Tropical Storm Franklin is intensifying over the Bay of Campeche, headed toward a final landfall in eastern Mexico overnight tonight, likely as the Atlantic Basin's first hurricane of the season.

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The center of Franklin is now about 135 miles east-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico, moving west at 10 to 15 mph.

Current Storm Status

Conditions are beginning to deteriorate on the coast of eastern Mexico as bands of rain and gusty winds move ashore.

Franklin continues to strengthen and is expected to become a hurricane soon as it heads for a final landfall in eastern Mexico early Thursday morning.

Projected Path and Intensity

A hurricane warning has been issued by the government of Mexico for Franklin's second landfall in parts of eastern Mexico, from Puerto de Veracruz to Cabo Rojo.

Tropical storm warnings are also in effect for other parts of the Mexican coast along the Bay of Campeche.

Current Tropical Watches and Warnings

Hurricane or tropical storm-force winds are expected along the coast Wednesday night into early Thursday, particularly in Veracruz state. 

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A storm surge of 4 to 6 feet is possible near and north of the center along the eastern Mexican Bay of Campeche coast late tonight and Thursday morning, before water levels subside after that, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Perhaps the most serious threat, however, may be from rainfall flooding.

Up to 15 inches of rain may fall in eastern Mexico through Thursday associated with Franklin's final move inland. Flash flooding and mudslides are likely to be major concerns as Franklin grinds across this region's mountainous terrain.

Forecast Rainfall

A year ago, eastern Mexico was ravaged by flooding and mudslides from Tropical Storm Earl which claimed the lives of 81 people.

Franklin is no direct threat to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

However, high surf, rip currents, and minor coastal flooding should affect southern Texas through Thursday. The National Weather Service in Brownsville, Texas, posted a high surf advisory for the South Texas coast through Thursday night. 

Franklin's First Landfall

Franklin made its first landfall as a tropical storm just before 11 p.m. CDT Monday night near Pulticub, Mexico, about 180 miles south-southwest of Cozumel. 

Significant flash flooding occurred in the city of Campeche as Franklin moved through Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday.

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