Tropical storm watch issued for Belize as storm approaches

Forecasters continuing to watch 2 disturbances in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Franklin was bringing heavy rains to portions of the Yucatan Peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Tuesday. Franklin is still strengthening somewhat, and maximum sustained winds at the time of landfall could be at or above 60 miles per hour. Franklin is forecast to make landfall over the Yucatan at nearly the exact same location, date and hour as Ernesto. Current sustained winds are 60 miles per hour with rainfall expected to cause significant flooding and flash flood conditions. That rainfall is expected to soak Mexico as Franklin continues to move over the Yucatan Peninsula on August 8, 2017.

Far out in the Atlantic Ocean, a separate tropical system has a 20% chance of developing into a named storm over the next five days, the hurricane center said.

Tropical storm Franklin will then cross the Yucatan Peninsula, where rainfall is likely to be the biggest threat, before heading back into the Bay of Campeche where some restrengthening will be possible before a second landfall on the Mexican east coast.

Franklin formed over the western Caribbean Sea on Sunday and made its first landfall near Pulticub, Quintana Roo, at approximately 11:45 p.m. EDT on Monday. It's expected to be a Category 1 hurricane when it hits the Mexican coast again, between Tampico and Veracruz, the National Hurricane Center projected.

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Franklin is also expected to inundate the coast with high storm surge, forecasters said, that could raise seas between and two and four feet above ground level in places.

The combination of very warm water and lessening wind shear is allowing the system, labeled as Potential Tropical Cyclone 7, to organize into a tropical depression or storm.

On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will continue to move across the Yucatan peninsula through today, and emerge over the Bay of Campeche tonight.

Tropical Storm Franklin is threatening some popular cruise ports and there are now Tropical Storms warnings for Cozumel, Belize City and all along parts of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

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