Tropical Storm Franklin Develops

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Now graded as a Potential Tropical Cyclone, Seven has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, and is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm overnight Sunday into Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will continue to move across the Yucatan peninsula today, and emerge over the Bay of Campeche this evening or tonight. Strong wind shear can prevent tropical development or shred apart mature tropical storms or hurricanes.

Tropical Storm Franklin is located about 285 miles east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico, moving to the west-northwest about 10 to 15 mph. A storm surge of up to four feet - accompanied by large, destructive waves - is also possible as the storm slams into the shoreline.

Heavy rains are expected as the system moves northwest across the Yucatan Peninsula late Monday and into Tuesday.

Residents of the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize can expect 3 to 6 inches of rain with locally higher amounts, likely to trigger local flash flooding.

Five-day storm outlook from the National Hurricane Center.

Mexican authorities in the state of Quintana Roo declared an "orange alert", and evacuated around 300 people from small coastal villages facing the greatest threat.

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Belize's National Meteorological Service issued a small craft warning Monday night, and advised vessels north of Belize City to seek safe harbor.

A tropical storm warning was posted for the Mexican coast from Rio Lagartos to Sabancuy and from Veracruz to Rio Panuco.

The Atlantic hurricane season has now witnessed six tropical storm formations, thanks to the formation of tropical storm Franklin in the western Caribbean yesterday. No impacts are expected within the United States. Some of the outer rain bands of Franklin could extend as far north as South Texas.

For more detailed information w.r.t Tropical Storm Franklin Hurricane 2017 will be soon be available.

If it gets a name, the system would be called Gert.

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