"We're now entering the peak of the season when the bulk of the storms usually form", says Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. Maximum sustained winds are now recorded at near 70mph (110 km/h), with higher gusts. That figure only has to get to 74 miles per hour for Franklin to be deemed a hurricane - and experts believe it will happen before the storm makes its second landfall.
When will Storm Franklin hit Mexico?
AccuWeather likewise noted that residents from Veracruz to Tampico, Mexico, should speedily prepare for Franklin's landfall and the ensuing flooding rain, damaging winds, and mudslides. Four to eight inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of rain were forecast for mainland areas in the storm's path, with localized amounts of up to 15 inches (38 centimeters). This wave will help to give us an extra push of tropical air and will probably help to enhance a few afternoon showers or storms as we finish up the work week.
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The storm is being carefully monitored.
Franklin will make its final landfall in eastern Mexico overnight tonight.
Since 1851, 23 storms have crossed the peninsula and emerged in the Bay of Campeche.
The number of named storms expected in the Atlantic basis this season is between 14 to 19 - up from the original 11 to 17 forecast released just before the season started.
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This disturbance, dubbed Invest 99L, is about 600 miles east of the Leeward Islands and confusing computer models as far as where it's headed and how strong it will get.
However, it is too early for the computer models to make an accurate forecast as to where Invest 99L would make landfall along the US east coast, if at all. At the very least, it may generate heavy surf at the beaches next week.
Forecasters have said a high pressure system north of the affected region will likely keep the impact of the storm away from the United States.
The agency said the season has the potential to become "extremely active", possibly the most active since 2010.
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