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Tropical Storm Franklin makes way to Mexican bay

The storm brings concerns of flash flooding caused by heavy rains as it crosses the Yucatan Peninsula. (Source: National Hurricane Center) The storm brings concerns of flash flooding caused by heavy rains as it crosses the Yucatan Peninsula. (Source: National Hurricane Center)

(RNN) – As it moves across the Yucatan Peninsula, Tropical Storm Franklin is bringing strong wind gusts and heavy rain.

As of the National Hurricane Center’s  7 p.m. CT advisory, the storm was located about 40 miles northwest of of Campeche, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. The center of the storm was located over the Bay of Campeche and is moving west-northwest near 12 mph.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from Franklin’s center.

Franklin made landfall late Monday night near Pulticub, Mexico.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Rio Panuco. A Tropical Storm Warning is  in effect from Rio Lagartos to Sabancuy and the coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Rio Panuco.. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Sabancuy to Puerto de Veracruz.

The storm is already showing signs of predicted weakening as it moves across the Yucatan Peninsula. 

Heavy rains brought by Franklin could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and Belize, according to the NHC. The rain is expected to last into Wednesday.

Damaging winds, storm surge and flooding rainfall are all potential impacts, say forecasters at the Weather Channel.

Franklin is expected to continue a mainly westward movement across the Bay of Campeche Tuesday night and Wednesday. according to the NHC.

Forecasters say Franklin will move westward across the bay Wednesday, restrengthening as it moves. It is then expected to make landfall a second time Thursday in eastern Mexico.

Flooding and mudslides will continue to be major concerns in this area. In August 2016, eastern Mexico was ravaged by flooding and mudslides from Tropical Storm Earl, which claimed the lives of 81 people, according to the Weather Channel.

Franklin is not expected to directly affect the United States, but the Weather Channel warns the storm may cause high surf, rip currents and minor coastal flooding in southern Texas on Wednesday and Thursday.

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