Mexico preps for hurricane as Tropical Storm Franklin gathers strength

Aug. 7 (UPI) — Mexico issued a hurricane watch as Tropical Storm Franklin organized near the Yucatan Peninsula and headed westward toward the mainland.

On Monday morning, Franklin’s center was about 285 miles east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico, and moving at about 10 to 15 mph.

Belize and the Yucatan can expect up to 6 inches of rain, isolated rainstorms of up to 12 inches and flash flooding, and waves of up to 10 feet in the resort cities of Cozumel and Cancun by Monday night, extending through Wednesday.

Rip currents and coastal flooding are also expected.

The storm could gain strength as it proceeds westward, making landfall at near-hurricane strength on Monday. It is expected to move back to water, into the Bay of Campeche, and could make landfall again by Thursday in eastern Mexico.

A high pressure system north of the affected region will likely keep the impact of the storm away from the United States.

The current hurricane watch applies to a portion of the Yucatan peninsula and does not include Cancun or the island of Cozumel. Tropical storm warnings, indicating sustained winds of over 40 mph, are in place for the rest of the peninsula.

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