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Tropical Storm Franklin roars to life, threatens Mexico

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For the second time in a couple of weeks, a tropical disturbance has blossomed into a full-fledged tropical storm almost overnight not far from the shore.

Tropical Storm Emily formed very near to the west Florida coast late in July before crossing the peninsula while deluging it with several inches of rain, and now Tropical Storm Franklin has accomplished a similar feat, crossing the tropical storm threshold overnight Sunday and now on a path that will take it over Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

At last report, the storm boasted maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, moving west-northwest at 14 mph.

"On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will be near the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula by this evening," the U.S. National Hurricane Center says. "Franklin is then expected to move across the Yucatan Peninsula tonight and on Tuesday."

Aside from the winds, the storm is set to drop 3-6 inches of rain on the Yucatan, though some local amounts could be as high as 12 inches, according to the NHC.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the eastern coast of Mexico, along with Belize, while watches are in effect for other Caribbean and Gulf coasts of Mexico.

Once it is done with the Yucatan, Franklin is continue through the Gulf of Mexico for a second landfall mid-way up Mexico's Gulf coast by the early hours of Thursday, potentially with stronger winds though at this time it is not expected to achieve hurricane status.

SOURCE: National Hurricane Center

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