Tropical Storm Warning in effect for Belize City

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BELIZE CITY, Belize, Aug 07 2017 – A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Belize City northward to the border of Mexico.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within 24 hours.

TROPICAL STORM FRANKLIN – DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK

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At 1000 AM CDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Franklin was located near latitude 17.7 North, longitude 85.1 West.  Franklin is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue over the next 48 hours.  On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will be near the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula by this evening.  Franklin is then expected to move across the Yucatan Peninsula tonight and on Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast until the center reaches the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula, and Franklin could be near hurricane strength by the time landfall occurs this evening or tonight.  Some weakening is likely while the system moves across the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 999 mb (29.50 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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RAINFALL:  Rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches, with isolated amounts of around 12 inches, are possible across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and Belize through Wednesday, with the highest amounts overthe Mexican state of Quintana Roo.  These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods.

WIND:  Hurricane conditions are possible in the Hurricane Watch area by this evening.  Tropical Storm conditions are expected to begin in portions of the warning area this afternoon or evening. Tropical Storm conditions are possible in the watch area in Mexico on Tuesday.

STORM SURGE:  A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 2 to 4 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast near and to the north of where the center makes landfall. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

NEXT ADVISORY

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Next intermediate advisory at 100 PM CDT.

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