Update 5 p.m.: Tropical Storm Franklin weakened a little as it made its trek across the Yucatan Peninsula with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph at the 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
Forecasters expect Franklin to strengthen over the very warm waters of the Bay of Campeche, which it will move across tonight and Wednesday.
The storm should be near the coast of mainland Mexico Wednesday night or early Thursday with 70 mph winds.
That’s not quite hurricane strength, but the hurricane center isn’t ruling it out.
“Given that it is quite possible that Franklin could become a hurricane by the time of landfall, it is prudent to maintain the hurricane watch for the southwest Gulf coast of Mexico,” forecasters wrote.
If it gains hurricane-strength, it would be the first of the 2017 season.
Previous story: Tropical Storm Franklin was still packing 45 mph winds this morning eight hours after making landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula.
As of the 8 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Franklin was 95 miles east-southeast of Campeche, Mexico, heading west-northwest at 14 mph.
The chances of Franklin becoming the first hurricane of the 2017 season were lowered this morning with forecasters expecting it to only restrengthen in the Bay of Campeche to a strong tropical storm with 70 mph winds.
“However, since Franklin is expected to be near hurricane strength at landfall, a hurricane watch for mainland Mexico is warranted,” the center wrote.
It is expected to make its second landfall early Thursday morning.