Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Cayman escapes worst of Tropical Storm Franklin

Cayman escapes worst of Tropical Storm Franklin

Tropical Storm Franklin struck the east coast of Mexico late Monday - packing winds of about 60 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. At least tropical-storm-force winds are likely, and some gusts over hurricane force (74 mph) are possible.

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Franklin to become a hurricane prior to this second landfall in parts of eastern Mexico's Veracruz state, which includes the city of Veracruz, said the report.

Franklin would be the first named storm to reach hurricane strength during the 2017 season, USA Today reported. Current sustained winds are 60 miles per hour with rainfall expected to cause significant flooding and flash flood conditions.

Heavy rain with rain totals of up to 12 inches, life-threatening flash flooding, and storm surges 2-4 feet above normal tide levels are expected in the watch and warning areas. Minister of NEMO Edmund Castro told Love News this evening that Tropical Storm Franklin is expected to bring between three to six inches of rainfall.

Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall in the Yucatán Peninsula late last night as a strong tropical storm. "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.

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. A tropical storm watch covered the west coast of the peninsula from Campeche to Sabancuy.

Landfall probabilities forecast by the Colorado State team remain above average, suggesting a greater threat that a hurricane could strike the USA coastline than in recent years.

"We will see higher seas across our coasts, and in gulf waters", Brady said. About 80 percent of all hurricanes in the Atlantic have developed from August through October.

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