By BBN Staff: Tropical storm Franklin formed in the Western Caribbean sea earlier today and is now a potential threat to Belize and Mexico.
According to the Hurricane Center, Franklin is located 380 miles east southeast of Chetumal, Mexico and is forecasted to strengthen over the next day or two.
Franklin currently has winds of 35 mph and is moving west-northwest at 12 mph.
NEMO’s emergency operations convened countrywide today and at 8:00 pm tonight NEMO issued a tropical storm watch for Belize.
The Weather Channel reports that tropical storm warnings have been issued for Mexico from Chetumal northward and around the Yucatan Peninsula to Campeche.
It is forecasted that Franklin is likely to strengthen before reaching the Yucatan peninsula. Franklin could become a hurricane prior to landfall.
Tropical Storm Franklin will bring locally heavy rain and gusty winds to the Cayman Islands and Honduras early on Monday. Belize and the Eastern Mexican coasts should expect rainfall to begin midday Monday and spreading inland through the day.
The Yucatan Peninsula may experience winds of 40 mph or greater as of tomorrow afternoon.
An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is set to fly into the storm tomorrow.
A tropical storm watch means that winds in excess of 40 mph are possible over the next 48 hours.
A tropical storm warning means that winds in excess of 40 mph are expected within 36 hours and that preparations for the storm should be rushed to completion.
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