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Tropical Storm Franklin develops in the Caribbean Sea

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Tropical Storm Franklin has formed in the Caribbean Sea just off the coast of Honduras with sustained winds of 40mph and gusts up to 50mph.

Tropical Storm warnings have been issued for much of the Yucatan Peninsula while Tropical Storm watches have been issued for Belize as the storm is projected to make landfall late Monday night with wind gusts near 60mph.

As the storm moves over the Yucatan it will weaken some but once it pushes out into the Bay Campeche it is projected to move over very favorable waters for further development as it could become a strong Tropical Storm or even a Hurricane by Wednesday afternoon. 

Then early Thursday morning the track has the storm making landfall on the eastern coast of Mexico producing rounds of heavy rain and very gusty winds up to 70mph.

This storm could cause some rough seas for people working out on the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and maybe cause tides to run a foot or two higher than normal along the coast.

But other than that Franklin should have no direct impact on our weather here in Acadiana other than sending us a little more tropical moisture leading to a few extra scattered showers and storms.

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