Tropical Storm Franklin has formed in the southern Caribbean, north of Honduras, and is currently moving towards the Yucatán Peninsula. According to current predictions by the US-based National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to make landfall in the early hours of Tuesday, August 8, near the Mexican-Belizean border. A hurricane “watch” is currently in effect for the Mexican coastline between Chetumal and Punta Allen, with tropical storm “warnings” in effect for the coastline between Punta Allen around the peninsula to Campeche. Lesser tropical storm “watches” are in effect between Belize City and the Mexican border, as well as for the Mexican coastline between Campeche and Sabancuy.
Heavy rain is forecast for the region beginning on Monday afternoon; associated flooding and/or landslides are possible. Strong winds, potentially resulting in hazardous conditions and power outages, are also forecast. Associated travel disruptions (air, sea, road) are likely.
Current forecasts suggest the storm will pass over the Yucatán Peninsula and over the Gulf of Mexico, before making landfall for a second time in mainland Mexico later in the week.
Tropical storms are common in the Caribbean region during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.
Individuals in the above areas are advised to follow weather forecasts, adhere to any advice issued by local authorities (e.g. potential evacuation orders), and confirm travel reservations. In the event of flooding, keep in mind that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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