Some forecast models proclaim a 90% chance that Invest #99L will develop into the eighth named Atlantic tropical storm of the 2017 season by this weekend as it tracks into more favorable conditions northwestward over the western Atlantic.
After becoming the Atlantic Basin's first hurricane of 2017 over the Bay of Campeche, Franklin made landfall around midnight CDT Thursday in the Mexican state of Veracruz as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum estimated winds of 85 miles per hour.
It will continue to move inland over the mountains of central Mexico, where torrential rains and strong winds will affect the population from the east coast toward Mexico City.
Franklin weakened to a tropical storm after it made landfall in eastern Mexico early Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.
After dissipating over Mexico, remnant energy from Franklin may help spawn another tropical depression or tropical storm in the eastern Pacific in the days ahead.
Hurricane Franklin has made landfall on the coast of Mexico.
A year ago, eastern Mexico was ravaged by flooding and mudslides from Tropical Storm Earl which claimed the lives of 81 people. Typically, it takes six months to rack up that many storms; an average season has 12 major storms, six of which become hurricanes and three of which are major hurricanes.
A hurricane warning has been in effect for the coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Cabo Rojo and a hurricane watch is in effect for the coast of Mexico north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco. This surge could also bring "large and destructive waves".
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said there is a 60% chance of an above-normal hurricane and tropical storm season, up from its prediction in May of 45%. The new prediction ups the odds for a blustery, extremely active hurricane season - and possibly even the most active since 2010. Averaging all major tropical season forecasts yields 15 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes.
The Atlantic storm season spans from June to November.