Tropical Storm Franklin developed in the western Caribbean Sea Sunday evening.
As of the 5 a.m. Monday Advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Franklin has sustained winds of 45 MPH. The Tropical Storm is moving west-northwestward at 13 MPH.
Gradual strengthening is expected as it approaches the Yucatan peninsula early this week, followed by weakening after landfall. With that being said, this system will likely maintain its circulation through the Yucatan peninsula, reemerging over warm water as it moves into the southern Gulf of Mexico.
Further strengthening is expected in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico as it approaches Mexico for a second landfall.
Tropical Storm Franklin may achieve hurricane status before making landfall Thursday morning along Mexico's Gulf Coast. Coastal winds and dangers mountainous heavy rain and flash flooding are the greatest threats posed to Mexico this week.
The Coastal Empire and Lowcountry will not receive any impacts from Franklin.
Further east, Invest 99-L continues to move west-northwestward across the eastern Atlantic, approaching the greater Antilles later this week. There is a 0-percent-chance of tropical development within the next 48 hours and a 20-percent-chance within the next five days. While no local impacts are currently forecast, we will be keeping an eye on 99-L as it approaches the southwestern Atlantic.