Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Franklin over portions of Yucatan Peninsula: NHC

Tropical Storm Franklin Could Form This Week

Locals and tourists visiting Cancun were issued with a weather warning as tropical storm Franklin approaches the popular vacation spot.

So far, only Tropical Storm Cindy has touched the Gulf states, bringing region-drenching rains in late June.

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. Rain and storms will be possible at anytime due to the very moisture-rich air mass, but greatest coverage and intensity will occur during the peak heating hours of the day 2-8PM. - Yucatan Peninsula - should weaken the system before emerging over the Bay of Campeche.

NASA's Aqua satellite provided a look at the extent of the storm's clouds on August 7 at 3:10 p.m. EDT (19:10 UTC). Franklin will cross the Yucatan Peninsula later tonight and Tuesday. "It is also in unfavorable waters for additional development".

Franklin will then head into the Bay of Campeche, making a second landfall Thursday in eastern Mexico.

Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, and eastern San Louis Potosi in eastern Mexico. Life-threatening floods will lead to mudslides and significant property damage.

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A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

Tropical Storm Watches are in effect from Sabancuy to Puerto de Veracruz along the southern portion of the Gulf of Mexico.

Spaghetti models are in general agreement that the Invest 99L's projected path will move in a west-northwestward direction towards the southeastern United States through Sunday.

Tropical storm Franklin has the potential to be the first hurricane of the season, as it will strengthen right up to landfall the National Hurricane Center expects.

The Yucatan Peninsula is expected to see huge downpours and winds of 40mph over the next 36 hours.

Meanwhile, downpours not associated with Franklin will move westward across the northern islands of the Caribbean early this week.

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