Storm Franklin expected to hit Mexico's east coast as hurricane: NHC

Today’s school bus forecast

Today’s school bus forecast

Additional strengthening is expected, and Franklin is forecast to become a hurricane later today and reach the coast of Mexico as a hurricane tonight or early Thursday. A tropical storm warning was posted from Rio Lagartos to Sabancuy and from Veracruz to Rio Panuco.

After weakening somewhat over the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, Tropical Storm Franklin has reemerged over the warm Bay of Campeche and may become the first hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.

Mexico's long eastern coastline is often struck by storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center.

Franklin made its first landfall on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula on Monday, dumping heavy rain on some of the country's premier tourist beaches. It will head to the WNW through the week, likely as not much more than an area of thunderstorms.

Franklin's rains posed the threat of flash floods and mudslides in the mountains of central Mexico.

Currently, tropical storm Franklin has a minimum central pressure of 994mb and there is very little opportunity left for it to plummet to the levels required to trigger the World Bank cat bond. The storm weakened as it passed over the Yucatan Peninsula and out to sea, with maximum sustained winds reaching 40 miles per hour and some stronger gusts, but strengthened as it passed over the Bay of Campeche. As always, the more minor hurricanes that strike Mexico tend not to cause a particularly large insurance or reinsurance loss, but have the potential to cause significant impacts to lives and livelihoods.

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