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Tropical Storm Franklin forms in the western Caribbean

Tropical Storm Franklin forms in the western Caribbean

Tropical storm "Franklin" over the W. Caribbean is headed for the Yucatan Peninsula Mon. night/early Tue.

A hurricane watch is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Punta Allen. The system is expected to reach tropical depression status before reaching the Yucatan Peninsula Monday night.

Tropical storm Franklin could be near hurricane strength by the time landfall occurs Monday evening on the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory.

Over the next two days, the National Hurricane Center now gives it a 0% chance of formation.

Winds just below tropical storm force - (40 miles per hour) were measured just northeast of the wave's center.

The Atlantic disturbance has been downgraded to a 50% chance of developing over the next five days.

The WIS First Alert Team is keeping an eye on a weak area of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean that has the potential to develop into a storm. We still need to keep a wary eye on the longer term when conditions might be more favorable for stronger development (late this week into the weekend). Another system in the central Atlantic has about a 20 percent chance of becoming a named storm and could impact the eastern Caribbean later this week.

In fact, the 2017 hurricane season is already showing characteristics similar to 1953, 1969, 1979, 2001 and 2004, which were years of numerous and destructive hurricanes including Hurricane Charley and Frances.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs until November 30. This is not going to be an issue for anyone in the United States. By comparison, 2016's hurricane activity was about 150 percent of the average season. The 2nd landfall looks to be Wednesday. night/early Thursday. on the coast of Mexico well south of Texas.


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