Tropical Storm Franklin formed Aug. 6 in the Caribbean Sea about 100 miles off the coast of Honduras.
An advisory was issued the night of Aug. 6 for Mexico’s east coast and, as The Islander went to press Aug. 7, the storm was expected to strengthen before reaching the Yucatan’s eastern coast. Forecasters expected the storm to cross the peninsula Aug. 8 and move northwestward, building strength — possibly into a hurricane — as it crossed the Bay of Campeche to make landfall on Mexico’s mainland Aug. 9-10.
Franklin, the sixth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic season, formed a week after Tropical Storm Emily formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Emily made landfall on Anna Maria the morning of July 31.
The National Hurricane Center Aug. 7 also was monitoring a low-pressure area in the Atlantic Ocean, located between the coasts of South America and Africa. The chance of the system developing into a tropical depression or storm this week was at 30 percent.