Tropical Storm Franklin Projected Hurricane Strength Later Today

Tropical Storm Franklin Path August 9 2017
Tropical Storm Franklin Path August 9 2017
Hurricane Franklin
Hurricane Franklin

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Tropical Storm Franklin is projected to become a category 1 hurricane later today (see NEW video below).

As of 10:00  this morning,  the  NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL is reporting,

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 09/1500Z 20.2N 93.9W 60 KT 70 MPH
12H 10/0000Z 20.1N 95.6W 75 KT 85 MPH
24H 10/1200Z 19.7N 97.7W 40 KT 45 MPH…INLAND
36H 11/0000Z…DISSIPATED

As of 0400 hours, the  NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL is reporting,

“At 400 AM CDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Franklin was located near latitude 20.4 North, longitude 92.7 West. Franklin is moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 24 to 36 hours. On the forecast track, the center of Franklin is expected to approach the coast of eastern Mexico today, then cross the coast in the Mexican state of Veracruz tonight or early Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected, and Franklin is forecast to become a hurricane later today and reach the coast of Mexico as a hurricane tonight or early Thursday. Rapid weakening is expected after landfall in Mexico.”

LOCATION…20.4N 92.7W
ABOUT 190 MI…305 KM NE OF COATZACOALCOS MEXICO
ABOUT 240 MI…390 KM ENE OF VERACRUZ MEXICO
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…65 MPH…100 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 280 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…994 MB…29.36 INCHES

Video: Tropical Storm Franklin Latest