Rain and Storms at Times this Week

Tropical Storm Franklin will head through the Yucatan Peninsula and then the path puts it back out on the Gulf of Mexico towards Mexico's main east coast.

A hurricane watch was in effect for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Punta Allen.

Life-threatening flooding, damaging winds and rough seas will continue to batter the Yucatan Peninsula through at least Tuesday afternoon before Franklin emerges into the Bay of Campeche.

The public is asked to remain alert as there is a possibility that Franklin could reach Hurricane strength just before making landfall this evening or tonight.

In 2005, Hurricane Wilma hit the Riviera Maya as a Category Four storm and pummeled the area for 48 hours, with a toll of eight people killed and $10 billion in damages.

Wind gusts capable of causing damage and power outages, as well as unsafe flash flooding, will continue to threaten lives and property across the Yucatan Peninsula into Tuesday afternoon.


Far out in the Atlantic Ocean, a separate tropical system has a 20% chance of developing into a named storm over the next five days, the hurricane center said.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from Franklin's center.

Franklin is forecast to begin strengthening again on Tuesday night and Wednesday as it moves over the Bay of Campeche, the weather forecaster added.

Franklin is located in the northwest Caribbean Sea and is moving west-northwest at 14 miles per hour (22.5 kph).

Residents along the eastern coast, as well as in the Yucatan Peninsula, have been warned to expect mudslides, power outages and high winds, along with potential coastal flooding as the storm makes its way north. After that it could make a second landfall in mainland Mexico.

Researchers at Colorado State University released a revised Atlantic hurricane season forecast Friday, News Service of Florida reported, and unlike most years, they're not adjusting their prediction downward.


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