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Tropical Storm Franklin Expected to Hit Mexico’s East Coast as Hurricane

Chris Dolce and Jonathan Erdman -
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August 9, 2017

Meteorologist Domenica Davis says Tropical Storm Franklin could be a Category 1 hurricane at next landfall in Mexico. (The Lift)

Update: Franklin Weakens to Tropical Storm After Making Landfall in Mexico (Associated Press)

Tropical Storm Franklin is now 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.

The center of Franklin is now about 195 miles east-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico, moving west at 10 to 15 mph in the Bay of Campeche.

For now, the heaviest rain has ended in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, but not before triggering significant flash flooding Tuesday in the city of Campeche.

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

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.

Either hurricane or tropical storm-force winds may arrive as soon as late Wednesday afternoon along the coast, particularly in Veracruz state.

A storm surge of 2 to 4 feet is possible near and north of the center along the eastern Mexican Bay of Campeche coast late Wednesday night 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.

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Related: Franklin Expected to Hit Seven States in Mexico (El Universal)

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