Tropical Storm Franklin strengthens, could become hurricane soon

Tracking the Tropics update for 8/6/17

Tropical Storm Franklin was named as it approached the Yucatan Peninsula.

A tropical depression or storm could form over the northwestern Caribbean Sea late Monday or early Tuesday.

Franklin will make its second landfall close to Laguna Tamiahua Mexico.

A tropical storm warning has been issued in Mexico from Chetumal northward and around the Yucatan Peninsula to Campeche. So far, all of the storms have only reached tropical storm strength.

Tropical Storm Franklin is churning just east of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula and poses no threat to the Tampa Bay region.

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

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Rainfall ranging from 3 to 6 inches is anticipated in these areas, with isolated amounts around 12 inches possible.

The U.S.is not expected to see damage from this system other than parts of the Texas Gulf Coast seeing high surf and risky rip currents later in the week, The Weather Channel reported. Franklin could become a hurricane prior to landfall.

The attention focused on the Atlantic came at the same time Colorado State University hurricane researchers issued an update to their forecast, saying they continue to predict an above-average Atlantic hurricane season.

A tropical wave (indicated in red) could develop into a tropical storm this week.

We've now entered the portion of hurricane season when every potential system must be watched closely for development and potential impacts to land. Now, at best a weak El Nino is forecast which would typically suggest a higher level of Atlantic named storm activity, with greater chances of hurricane formation and landfalls.

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