Hurricane Watch Net Activating for Tropical Cyclone Franklin

Saul Bowman
August 10, 2017

2016 also saw an above-average Atlantic activity with 15 named storms and seven hurricanes, four of which were major ones. It is expected to continuing moving west at 12 miles per hour, and quickly gain organization as it does so.

Since Invest 99L isn't a closed circulation storm system, forecast modeling isn't very helpful in predicting where it will go.

Forecasters expect the hurricane to continue strengthening until it makes landfall in the state of Veracruz late Wednesday or early Thursday. The hurricane season runs from June to November but most of the storms could be expected within the period of August all the way to October. The El Niño Southern Oscillation refers to the variation of wind speeds and sea surface temperatures in the Tropical Pacific off the coast of South America. Forecast models, along with the active season we have had so far, are other factors that will allow for a more active remainder of the season. "As we enter the height of hurricane season, it's important for everyone to know who issues evacuation orders in their community, heed the warnings, update their insurance and have a preparedness plan", said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. The amount of predicted named storms was increased to 14-19.

And the three-month period ahead is when the vast majority of storms - about 95 percent - occur. It held together when it crossed over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

After landfall, Franklin will slowly dissipate over east-central Mexico bringing heavy bouts of rain and potential flooding.

The storm is moving west at 13 miles per hour (21 kmh) and its center is expected to approach the coast of the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday.

Five to nine of those could be hurricanes, and two to five of those could be major hurricanes.

The most recent hurricane landfall there was Karl, on September 17, 2010, which hit as a Category 3 hurricane on the 1-5 Saffir-Simpson scale.

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