Tropical Storm Franklin could become hurricane before Mexican landfall

Tuesday, 08 Aug, 2017

The strong tropical wave continues to show signs of development as it moves west-north westward at 10-15mph and is expected to become Tropical Storm Franklin overnight.

The Weather Channel reports that tropical storm warnings have been issued for Mexico from Chetumal northward and around the Yucatan Peninsula to Campeche. The storm is expected to clear the Yucatan Peninsula by Tuesday evening, but will head toward mainland Mexico between Tampico and Veracruz, making landfall on Thursday morning. "These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods", the National Hurricane Center cautions.

The first named storm to threaten Mexico since the closure of the latest MultiCat Mexico cat bond is now heading towards the Yucatan peninsula. As of 11 p.m., the storm was moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour with sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

Forecasters are also watching an area of low pressure located between the Cabo Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is set to fly into the storm tomorrow.

So far, the 2017 hurricane season is exhibiting characteristics similar to 1953, 1969, 1979, 2001 and 2004, they said.

The Colorado State prediction goes on to say that there is a 27 percent chance the hurricane that hits Florida will be major, compared to a historical average of 21 percent.

The newest named storm of the Atlantic season formed Sunday night. The 2nd landfall looks to be Wednesday. night/early Thursday. on the coast of Mexico well south of Texas.