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Tropical Storm Franklin forms in the Caribbean

Posted at 11:07 PM, Aug 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-06 23:56:32-04

Tropical Storm Franklin became the 6th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Sunday.

As of the 11pm advisory Sunday, Franklin had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph with gusts of 50 mph. Franklin is tracking towards the west northwest at 13 mph.

The National Hurricane Center says Franklin is likely to strengthen overnight and on Monday before making landfall sometime Monday evening near Belize and the Yucatan peninsula.

Franklin is then expected to weaken over land before entering the Bay of Campeche. The system will then likely restrengthen over the water before making landfall along the east coast of Mexico late in the week as a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane. 

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Belize City north to the border of Mexico as well as for the coast of Mexico from Campeche to Sabancuy.

A Tropical Storm Warning is also in effect for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Campeche.

Franklin will steer clear of the United States and have no impact on Southwest Florida.