Update: 5:15 PM Tropical Storm Franklin is now a Hurricane. The first Atlantic Hurricane of the season.
Tropical Storm Franklin approaches the Gulf Coast of Mexico with near hurricane strength. The risk for storm surge and heavy rain fall continues as Franklin approaches. Strom surge from 4-6 ft and heavy rain fall of 8-15 is likely with higher amounts locally. Damaging winds will accompany Franklin with sustained winds now near 70mph and the last time I looked at radar winds were near 74mph which is hurricane strength. Mexicos topography is mountainous near where Franklin will make land fall and with the accompanying heavy rain, they ground will become supersaturated allowing the soil to come loose and cause mudslides in the region. Franklin is the sixth named Atlantic storm this year and maybe the first Atlantic hurricane this season.
A Post from AL.com Article Tropical Storm Franklin 2017 could become Atlantic’s first hurricane today. By: Leigh Morgan
“A stronger Tropical Storm Franklin edged closer to its second landfall in Mexico Wednesday afternoon. But this time it could come ashore as a hurricane.
The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Franklin to become the Atlantic’s first hurricane of 2017 before it makes landfall late tonight or early Thursday.
As of 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday, Tropical Storm Franklin was located about 135 miles east-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico, and was moving west at 13 mph.
Franklin’s winds have been holding at 70 mph all day. The hurricane center said it could strengthen even more as it moves across the warm waters of the Bay of Campeche.
Hurricane-force winds start at 74 mph.
In addition to the wind, Franklin could bring a lot of rain to parts of Mexico. The hurricane center said up to 15 inches of rain will be possible in isolated areas, which raises the risk of dangerous flooding and mudslides.
A storm surge of 4-6 feet will be also possible along the coast as well as large and damaging waves.
Watches and warnings lined Mexico’s Gulf Coast early Monday:
A hurricane warning is in effect from Puerto de Veracruz to Caba Rojo.
A hurricane watch is in effect for north of Tuxpan to Rio Panuco.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from east of Puerto de Veracruz to Puerto Dos Bocas as well as from north of Tuxpan to Barra del Tordo.”
Originally posted 2017-10-10 15:05:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter