HOLT, Fla., Aug. 6, 2017–The National Hurricane Center expects the low-pressure system heading for the Yucatan peninsula to become Tropical Storm Franklin before daybreak tomorrow.
Moving west-northwest at 12 mph, the system’s sustained winds are at 35 mph with gusts up to 46.
The NHC is referring to this system as Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven, but once sustained winds reach 39 mph or higher, the system becomes a tropical depression and is given the next name in the 2017 hurricane name chart.
The storm is expected to move inland near Chetumal, Mexico, on the eastern side of the Yucatan peninsula late Monday and continue through the southwest Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm Wednesday and Thursday.
Hurricane models at this time show the system continuing to turn away from the Florida panhandle, crossing the Bay of Campeche and making a second landfall in Mexico where it will eventually cross into the eastern Pacific Ocean.
Meanwhile, in the Atlantic Ocean, the tropical wave that started out strong is showing signs of weakening further.
It’s still making its way west-northwest across the tropical Atlantic, but its chances of formation through the next five days has been lowered to 30 percent.