Tropical Storm Franklin Strengthens as It Approaches Mexico
Hurricane Watches and Tropical Storm Warnings are in place through most of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as strengthening Tropical Storm Franklin approaches from the east.
In addition to Mexico, Tropical Storm Warnings were in place through most of neighboring Belize’s coastline.
Maximum sustained winds were at 60 miles-per-hour (MPH) on Monday afternoon, but the storm could strengthen into a hurricane by landfall, which is expected early Tuesday morning in the southern portion of the Yucatan’s eastern coastline.
Up to a foot of rain is possible with this storm, though most locations should brace for 3-6″ of rainfall. Strong winds and high surf, primarily on Monday night and Tuesday morning, will also be of considerable concern as the system’s intensity increases.
Heavy rain, strong winds and high surf are expected to impact the Yucatan primarily, including the big beach resorts of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. Tourists and locals in this area should be prepared to potentially lose power, check with hotel and/or residence staff about any possible past flooding issues in your location, and be prepared to have flights cancelled, especially later on Monday and through Tuesday.
Stay with WeatherNation for continued updates on this storm.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi