Tropical Storm Franklin causes flooding

Posted at 12:56 PM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 12:56:58-04

(RNN) - After weakening somewhat over the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, Tropical Storm Franklin has reemerged over the warm Bay of Campeche and may become the first hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

As of the 4 a.m. advisory, the storm was located 155 miles north-northeast of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico and 155 miles east-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico, moving west at 13 mph, with maximum-sustained winds of 70 mph.

The National Hurricane Center said satellite imagery has shown increased organization, which means Franklin is building its strength.

Mexico is bracing for the tropical storm to strengthen into a hurricane Wednesday, and make a second landfall early Thursday in the Mexican state of Veracruz.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Cabo Rojo. A Hurricane Watch is in effect north of Tuxpan to Rio Panuco, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect east of Puerto de Veracruz to Ciudad del Carmen, as well as north of Tuxpan to Barra del Tordo.

The storm will produce drenching rainfall of up to 8 inches, life-threatening flash flooding, hurricane-force winds and storm surge of 2 to 4 feet within the warned area.

As it passed through the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday, Franklin left behind drenching rainfall and flash flooding, particularly in the city of Campeche. 

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