Tropical Storm Franklin to strengthen tonight

Even though the Rio Grande Valley is not expected to be directly impacted by Tropical Storm Franklin, meteorologists are predicting the storm will gain hurricane-like strength later this week as it moves across the Yucatan Peninsula.

 

Tropical Storm Franklin, which weakened in strength Tuesday, Aug. 8, is anticipated to emerge off the Yucatan slightly faster then expected according to a news release sent out by the National Weather Service. Due to the warm waters of the Bay of Campeche, the tropical storm will begin its re-intensifying stage later today.

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Image via the National Weather Station in Brownsville

Strengthening should continue through Wednesday night with Franklin nearing hurricane strength prior to landfall around sunrise Thursday just north of Veracruz, Mexico or about 400 miles south of the mouth of the Rio Grande River, the release states. With the storm track staying south of the Rio Grande Valley, no direct impacts are expected in the area with only minor coastal and marine hazards with pockets of temporarily beneficial rain in the Lower and Mid-Rio Grande Valley. The potential for shower and thunderstorm “bands” peaks Wednesday night over the Lower Texas Gulf waters and Thursday across the Lower and Mid-Valley, according to the release.

 

The main concerns for this tropical storm episode are marine and coastal hazards due to higher swells being generated by the intensification of Franklin, the release said. Area-wide, rainfall is expected to range from one quarter to half an inch throughout the week as plenty of tropical moisture can be expected to move into the region increasing the rainfall chances with some locally heavy downpours.

 

A high threat for rip currents will develop for all area beaches Wednesday evening and continue through Thursday evening. The strongest pull will be near the jetties and in solid sandbar breaks but conditions should improve rapidly Thursday night and Friday, though a moderate threat for a rip current is still likely for Friday , the release said.

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