Hurricane Franklin, first of 2017 season, forms east of Mexico

- The first named hurricane of the 2017 season has formed in the Bay of Campeche to the east of Mexico. 

Hurricane Franklin had winds of 75 miles per hour and was moving west at 12 miles per hour, as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Franklin made landfall late Monday night on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, as a tropical storm, with 60 mph.

Franklin weakened over land, but deep moisture continued to fuel torrential rains. Franklin recharged over the southern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

A second landfall is likely by early Thursday in mountainous east Mexico. Mudslides and flash flooding are possible in this region. Up to 15 inches of rain is possible through the late work week.

Read more on the blog.

Up Next:

Up Next

  • Hurricane Franklin, first of 2017 season, forms east of Mexico
  • Potential for tropical trouble along Gulf Coast next week
  • Florence causing historic, unprecedented floods
  • 13 dead, hundreds rescued as Florence pounds the Carolinas
  • Alberto downgraded to depression, dumps heavy rains on South
  • Ellicott City, Maryland devastated by flooding once again
  • Subtropical Storm Alberto forms; expected to soak Florida
  • NHC: 90-percent chance of tropical system forming
  • Chance of tropical development increases; rainy forecast remains
  • Timelapse captures glow emitting from Kilauea Volcano