HOLT, Fla., Aug. 8, 2017–Tropical Storm Franklin crossed the Yucatan peninsula today and entered the Bay of Campeche where it will have a chance to pick up strength before making a second landfall in Mexico.
Franklin could be near hurricane intensity when it makes landfall, according to the National Hurricane Center. If it does, it will become the first Atlantic hurricane of the season.
Traveling west-northwest at 12 mph, the storm is packing sustained winds of 40 mph with higher gusts.
Meanwhile, the storm in the Atlantic is forecast to gain strength as it travels toward the south eastern United States before making at turn to the north-northeast.
While its current environment is unfavorable for significant development, that is expected to change later this week as the system moves in a generally west-northwest direction.
Formation chance through the next five days has been raised to 40 percent.
Hurricane tracking models show the system continuing on its current path.