Tropical Storm Franklin May Become Atlantic Basin's 1st Hurricane of 2017

Forecasters continuing to watch 2 disturbances in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Franklin Could Form This Week

"Franklin will bring flooding rainfall with totals of 4-8 inches in some locations, along with damaging wind gusts of 40-60 miles per hour to the Yucatan Peninsula", said AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Brown. Tropical storm WARNING + hurricane WATCH for parts of the Yucatan Peninsula. tropical storm WATCH for upper coastal Belize including Belize City. only four other years have had 4 tropical storms by August 6th - 1936, 1959, 2005 & 2012 (according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach).

Franklin will move inland and likely weaken Tuesday as it crosses the Yucatan Peninsula.

Up to a foot of rainfall is possible, which "could produce life-threatening flash floods", the hurricane center said. Tropical storm force winds extend about 140 miles from Franklin's center. "We'll see higher surf on our beaches, and maybe even some beach erosion and minor coastal flooding as well".

The difference between a tropical depression, storm, or hurricane and the potential tropical cyclone is a tropical depression, storm or hurricane has a center of circulation.

Tropical storm warnings begin in Belize City in Belize and curve around the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico to Campeche on its western side.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for most of the Yucatan Peninsula.

The first, dubbed "Invest 90L", is a strong tropical wave moving westward across the south Caribbean Sea.

There was no tropical storm activity in the north Atlantic as of Sunday night, but that could change fairly quickly, as meteorologists have their eyes on two systems that threaten to kick off the hurricane season after two fairly quiet months. In Other Weather Stories: Tropical Storm Franklin is headed toward the Yucatan Peninsula and will make landfall sometime early tonight, between 9 p.m. and midnight EDT.

Franklin will then move into the southwest Gulf of Mexico (Bay of Campeche) by late Tuesday, and may gain some strength before making a final landfall in eastern Mexico Thursday.

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