NASA measures Tropical Storm Franklin's soaking rains from space

Well, Harming wind blasts of 60-80 miles per hour, and also perilous glimmer flooding, will keep on threatening lives and property over the Yucatan Peninsula into Tuesday afternoon.

A hurricane watch was in effect for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Punta Allen. There is an outside shot that Franklin could strengthen rapidly to a hurricane prior to landfall tonight.

Residents and visitors from north of Veracruz to near Tampico, Mexico, should start making the necessary preparations for the storm to make landfall with flooding rain, damaging winds and an inundating storm surge. Strong wind shear can prevent tropical development or shred apart mature tropical storms or hurricanes.

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

'The environment around Franklin is improving and it is likely that the system will become a robust tropical storm before reaching the Yucatan peninsula.

Officials from five towns along the coast in Quintana Roo state closed schools for Monday and Tuesday, and the Chetumal airport was also shut Monday afternoon.

The leading edge of Tropical Storm Franklin began moving onto Mexico's Yucatan, and the storm was expected to pass over the peninsula during the night before entering the Bay of Campeche on a path toward central Mexico.

Forecasters are also watching an area of low pressure in the Atlantic between the Cabo Verde Islands and Lesser Antilles which is moving on a general west to northwestern track at about 15 miles per hour.

Hurricane watches and tropical storm warnings are in effect. Further weakening is expected as the center moves over land today. "Even if formation does not occur before the system reaches the Yucatan peninsula, a tropical depression or tropical storm could form over the Bay of Campeche by midweek", the NHC said.

Tropical Storm Risk's previous forecast given in July was for 14 named tropical storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes during the 2017 Atlantic season.

  • Rogelio Becker