MIAMI – Tropical Storm Franklin weakened as it moved on Tuesday over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
The storm, which made landfall on Monday night in the southeastern section of the peninsula, is about 100 kilometers (62 miles) east-southeast of Campeche and has maximum sustained winds of 75 kph (45 mph), the NHC said in its 1500 GMT advisory.
The government of Quintana Roo state, where Franklin made landfall, said no injuries have been reported.
“The tropical storm made landfall last night and, fortunately, we have not had any reports of problems or of any accidents related to the storm,” Quintana Roo Gov. Carlos Joaquin told Radio Formula.
Franklin, the sixth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, is moving west-northwest at 20 kph (13 mph).
“A west-northwestward to westward motion is expected over the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will move into the Bay of Campeche later today, move westward across the Bay of Campeche tonight and Wednesday, and be near the coast of mainland Mexico Wednesday night or early Thursday,” the NHC said.
Tropical storm warnings are still in effect for portions of Mexico’s coast.
“The government of Mexico has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the coast of mainland Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Rio Panuco, and discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for a portion of the Yucatan Peninsula from east of Rio Lagartos and southward to Chetumal,” the NHC said.
The first tropical storm of the 2017 season was Arlene, which formed in the mid-Atlantic in April, more than a month before the official start of hurricane season on June 1.
Tropical Storm Bret formed on June 19 and was followed by Cindy, a “no-name storm,” Don and Emily.
Tropical Storm Emily made landfall on July 31 on Anna Maria Island, located south of Tampa, Florida, after forming quickly in the Gulf of Mexico.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a May 25 report that 11 to 17 tropical storms would form during the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, with between five and nine of the systems becoming hurricanes, and two to four of the hurricanes reaching a high category on the Saffir-Simpson scale of strength.