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Tropical Storm Franklin to gain strength and return to Mexico

Staff Writer |
Tropical Storm Franklin will move back over open water Tuesday night and is forecast to strengthen to the Atlantic's first hurricane of 2017 prior to making a second landfall in Mexico.

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Franklin formed over the western Caribbean Sea on Sunday and made its first landfall near Pulticub, Mexico, at approximately 11:45 p.m. EDT on Monday.

Franklin had maximum-sustained winds of 60 mph as it slammed onshore along the east coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Monday night.

Wind gusts capable of causing damage and power outages, as well as dangerous flash flooding, will continue to threaten lives and property across the Yucatan Peninsula into Tuesday afternoon.

"The greatest impacts will be near coastal areas of the peninsula through Tuesday morning," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Brown.

Mexican authorities made preparations for the storm on Monday and set up shelters, cleared storm drains, closed airports and evacuated low-lying areas on the Caribbean coast, according to ABC News.

Franklin will also impact Honduras and Nicaragua, Belize, southeastern Mexico and northern Guatemala with localized flooding downpours and the risk of mudslides through Tuesday.

"The heaviest rainfall is expected across the eastern Yucatan, north of Belize, where rainfall amounts of 4-8 inches, with localized amounts up to 10 inches, are expected," Brown added.

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