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Tropical Storm ‘Franklin’ Forms

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The 6th tropical storm of the season has formed and forecasters say that Tropical Storm Franklin could be a full fledged hurricane when it makes landfall at Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula later this evening.

Currently, the highest sustained winds are at 50 knots or 57 m.p.h. The minimum sustained winds for a hurricane are 74 m.p.h. The storm is currently located about 230 miles east of Belize and the system is moving to the WNW at about 13 m.p.h.

Franklin is expected to pretty much stay on that course and make landfall at Yucatan later this evening. After that, Franklin will follow a path across the Gulf of Mexico where it is expected to make landfall in the central part of Mexico.

A Hurricane Watch is already up for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Punta Allen and people there are preparing for the storm, meanwhile, since the tropical force winds extend out about 140 miles, Belize could easily be feeling the effects of Franklin later today.

Meanwhile, forecasters are saying that the 2017 Hurricane Season is about to get busy.

 

 

 

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