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Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains Absorb and Destroy the First Hurricane of the Season

Rob McElwee - Al Jazeera
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August 11, 2017
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A new eastern Pacific tropical storm, named Jova, has formed from the remnants of what was once Hurricane Franklin, adding another chapter to what was the Atlantic Basin's first hurricane of 2017. (The Weather Channel)

Update: Tropical Storm Jova Forms from Franklin's Ghost in the Eastern Pacific, and That's Not as Weird as It Sounds (Weather.com)

Franklin, the tropical cyclone that was briefly a hurricane, has mostly dissipated in the mountains of eastern Mexico in a mass of thunderclouds and flash floods.

It was identified and named as it approached the Yucatan peninsula from the east on Monday and deposited 160mm of rain on Campeche as it left to the west on Tuesday.

Over the warm waters of the Gulf of Campeche, it travelled westwards and increased in strength. Using the Saffir-Simpson classification, based on wind speeds, Franklin reached the strength of a category 1 hurricane.

Precautions were taken in the Mexican province of Veracruz. Fishing boats were brought up on to the streets and windows boarded as a protection against flying debris. Hurricane Franklin made landfall late on Wednesday in northern Veracruz with steady winds of at least 130km per hour.

As soon as a hurricane comes on to land, it loses its source of energy and starts to weaken. In eastern Mexico there are mountains reaching to 5,000m above sea level and this is where Franklin disintegrated into a mass of thunderstorms.

Read the rest at Al Jazeera

Related: Mexico: Services Reestablished in Zones Affected by Hurricane (Prensa Latina)

Related: NOAA Expects More Hurricanes Than First Predicted (Normangee Star)


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