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Franklin to make first of two landfalls tonight

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Franklin edging into Quintana Roo, Mexico Franklin edging into Quintana Roo, Mexico

Tropical Storm Franklin, with 60 mph sustained winds, was closing in on the Yucatan Peninsula for the first of two landfalls in Mexico, Monday night.

Although pressures continued to drop through Monday evening, convection around the center of the storm remain disorganized.

The storm is still expected to intensify over the next several hours, and there remains a a slight chance this system could become a hurricane prior to landfall overnight..but satellite imagery at press time is suggesting otherwise.

Surface pressures however, per the Hurricane Hunters, did drop 4 millibars (mb) since the 4:00 pm bulletin, down to 995 mb at 7:00 pm.

Franklin will move inland and likely weaken Tuesday as it crosses the Yucatan Peninsula.

The storm will emerge in the extreme Southwestern Gulf of Mexico, also known as the Bay of Campeche, by Late Tuesday into Wednesday morning with some re-strengthening a fairly good bet later Wednesday into very early Thursday, prior to its second landfall on the Mexican Coast.

Current projections put the second landfall somewhere south of Tampico and north of Veracruz.

Franklin is forecast by the National Hurricane Center (NHC)  to become a hurricane with 75mph in the Bay of Campeche Wednesday, with some of the hurricane models suggesting a storm stronger for the second landfall than the current NHC forecast.

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