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#525041 - 08/08/17 07:38 AM Re: Tropical Storm Franklin near Yucatan Peninsula [Re: Marty]  
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NEMO Issues the “ALL CLEAR”

The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), in collaboration with the National Meteorological Service, hereby informs the public that around 10:45 last night Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, north of Chetumal near Pulticub, Mexico.

Tropical Storm Franklin was centered over the southeast Yucatan Peninsula near 19.3North Latitude and 88.5West Longitude or about 63 miles Northwest of Corozal Town. Franklin was moving to the West-North-West at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and gusts of 65mph. The minimum pressure is 998 millibars. Further weakening is expected as the center moves over land today.

A tropical storm warning has been discontinued for the coast of Belize from Belize City to the Corozal District. NEMO hereby issues the “All Clear” as Franklin is no longer a direct threat to the country. According to information gathered from the District and City Emergency Committees there are no reports of injuries. A total of 330 persons took to shelters mainly in Corozal, on the cayes, and in Belize City. Approximately 2,157 persons voluntarily relocated from the islands to the mainland.

The public is advised to stay on alert for possible flooding due to rainfall associated with the system as it moves slowly due northwest of the country over southern Mexico. Rainfall totals of 2-4 inches with isolated higher amounts are possible.

A weakened Tropical Storm Franklin chugged across Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday, dumping heavy rain after coming ashore on the Caribbean coast.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm's center was 75 miles northwest of Chetumal and moving west-northwest at 14 mph (22 kph) Tuesday morning after making landfall overnight.

Franklin's maximum sustained winds had decreased to 45 mph (75 kph), but it was expected to strengthen again Wednesday as it crossed the bay of Campeche.

Three to six inches (7.5 to 15 centimeters) of rain were forecast across the Yucatan, with localized amounts of up to 12 inches (35 centimeters). Franklin was expected to make landfall again Thursday, threatening flash floods and mudslides in mountainous central Mexico.

The Quintana Roo state government had moved people from the most vulnerable coastal communities, Adrian Martinez, coordinator for the state's Civil Protection agency, told Milenio television.

Shelters were prepared across the area, with one specifically designated for the residents of Mahahual, a popular beach destination. Officials had urged all businesses and gas stations to close early to help clear the streets. The state government closed the Chetumal airport near the border with Belize overnight.

A tropical storm warning was posted for the Mexican coast from Chetumal to Sabancuy. Tropical storm-force winds extended up to 140 miles (220 kilometers) from the center.


Aug 8 (Prensa Latina) The states of Quintana Roo, Campeche, Oaxaca, Puebla, Chiapas, Veracruz and Tabasco are coordinating actions today due to the lashing of Tropical Storm Franklin.

Classes have been suspended today in several municipalities of Quintana Roo, in the Mexican Caribbean region, and the Chetumal International Airport closed operations due to the impact of Tropical Storm Franklin in that area.

The Secretariat of Education in Quintana Roo confirmed the suspension of classes in high schools and universities in the municipalities of Othon P. Blanco, Bacalar, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Jose Maria Morelos and Tulum.

That entity said that in case of basic education, the beginning of the school year will be on August 21.

School facilities and other public entities are under safe.

Flights from Mexico City and other sites were suspended due to the closure of the Chetumal International Airport, capital of Quintana Roo and one of the main tourist destinations in the country.

The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) reported that an operation is being prepared to fight the effects of the tropical storm in the states of Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Campeche and Veracruz.

#525045 - 08/08/17 09:04 AM Re: Tropical Storm Franklin near Yucatan Peninsula [Re: Marty]  
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from NEMO :

" A total of 330 persons took to shelters mainly in Corozal, on the cayes, and in Belize City. Approximately 2,157 persons voluntarily relocated from the islands to the mainland. "

#525046 - 08/08/17 09:14 AM Re: Tropical Storm Franklin near Yucatan Peninsula [Re: Marty]  
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Notice to friends and families ....... as a result of Franklin many of us are really tired today. Please be patient if we don't reach out as much or as often as we might otherwise do. Time to unpack and also rest.

Thanks for your support!

#525047 - 08/08/17 09:15 AM Re: Tropical Storm Franklin near Yucatan Peninsula [Re: Marty]  
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Piers okay?

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#525048 - 08/08/17 12:13 PM Re: Tropical Storm Franklin near Yucatan Peninsula [Re: Katie Valk]  
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Originally Posted by Katie Valk
Piers okay?

Yes - piers are fine thank goodness!

#525050 - 08/08/17 01:11 PM Re: Tropical Storm Franklin near Yucatan Peninsula [Re: Marty]  
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On Ambergris Caye, no ‘I survived Franklin’ t-shirts today — and that’s OK
Upon waking up almost exactly one year ago to shredded and twisted bits of around a half-dozen piers littering what was left of our beachfront, this morning’s sight was a joy to behold. As they say in boxing, Franklin was a contender but he didn’t lay a glove on us. A change in wind here and a rise in barometric pressure there and this could be a whole other kind of story. A lot was learned last year from the abrupt changes in Hurricane Earl that spelled disaster for Ambergris Caye and The Cloisters/Tres Cocos Resort, where we live.

Tropical Storm Franklin Bypasses Belize — WHEW!
Late Sunday and definitely Monday preparation had started…Tropical Storm Franklin was heading through the Caribbean and northwest along the Central American coast. Northern Belize was in the dreaded CONE OF UNCERTAINTY. With only a year between us and unexpectedly powerful Hurricane Earl, preparation began. Boats were moved or pulled from the water, beach furniture and loose items cleared from outdoor space – a ban was put on alcohol sales and the country’s National Emergency Management team issued a Tropical Storm Warning. (See pictures from yesterday) But late afternoon yesterday, the path shifted more aggressively northward. And last night – around 9pm, Franklin made landfall in Pulticub, Mexico. What? You haven’t heard of it? I hadn’t either. It’s a village of 37 people in Quintana Roo. 85 miles from San Pedro town, Belize; only about 25 miles north of Mahahual – the town frequented by many cruise ships and called the “Costa Maya Port”. (Pulticub is about 80 miles south of Tulum and 150 miles south of Cancun)

Tropical Storm Franklin

#525058 - 08/09/17 05:17 AM Re: Tropical Storm Franklin near Yucatan Peninsula [Re: Marty]  
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Franklin Faked Out Belize

Last night, in our coverage of Tropical Storm Franklin, we told you how the 6th named storm for this season might end up not affecting Belize. That's because Franklin started shifting away from Northern Belize a few hours before it made landfall.

So, when the storm finally came ashore on the south - central Yucatan Peninsula, Belize - from Corozal, to San Pedro, to Orange Walk - was completely spared, except for a few scattered showers. Today, Daniel Ortiz took a closer look at the storm which faked west and went north. Here's his story:

Daniel Ortiz reporting
For most of yesterday, Belizeans diligently prepared for the possible landfall of Tropical Storm Franklin. The forecasts say that it would make landfall near the Belize Mexico border, and so a Tropical Storm warning was activated from The Northern border to Belize City. Yet, even though the authorities locked down the northern heal of the country to brace for a storm, none came to Belize.

There were no real effects of Franklin felt in this country. In fact, most people went to bed with very little rainfall, if any. The Chief Meteorologist says that the relief came as a consequence of a last minute shift in the storm's path.

Catherine Cumberbatch - Chief Meteorologist
"Tropical Storm Franklin had a track that it was traveling west northwest, with a projection to make landfall just north of the Belize Mexico Border. However, what happened at around 6 p.m., that track changed. The motion - it took up a motion going - rather from west to northwest, it took up a more northwest track, and by taking the northwest track, it ultimately meant that Tropical Storm Franklin would be farther away from the country. And that is exactly what happened."

So, while Belize was spared, the storm slammed into the Eastern coastal communities along Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Franklin's eye landed near to the Mexican town of Pulticub, in the State of Quintana Roo. Pulticub is approximate 63 miles northeast of Chetumal, and 78 miles south of Tulum - as the bird flies. Nearby vacation spots of Cozumel, and Playa Del Carmen also felt the force of the storm's 60 mile per hour winds and rain.

Catherine Cumberbatch - Chief Meteorologist
"At around 10 o'clock last night, Franklin made landfall at the East Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, just out of Punta Allen, it made land fail. It made landfall as a tropical storm, with winds up to 60 miles per hour. The impact as it pertains to Tropical storm Franklin, on Belize, was minimal. As I said from the beginning, we were expecting most of the feeder bands, and the stronger of the feeder bands to hit over the north of the country. But as I said before, as it shifted to a northwest track, rather than west to northwest track, that kept the system farther away from us, which is actually a blessing for us."

Now that the storm is no longer a threat to Belize, what were its actual effects on the country?

Catherine Cumberbatch - Chief Meteorologist
"Tropical Storm Franklin was expected to produce 3 to 6 inches of rain, that's from the system, and Belize was supposed to be impacted by the spiral bands. Some spiral bands did impact Belize earlier. Like in Belize City, earlier during the day, we had spiral bands cause rain almost 1 and a half, to almost 2 inches of rainfall in Belize City and at the Airport, and also later down south, due to the feeder band from the Tropical Storm. They got only an inch of rainfall. In the extreme north, we got minimal rainfall."

Nemo reports that 330 persons from Corozal, the Cayes, and Belize City went into hurricane shelters. Approximately 2,157 persons volunteered to relocate from the islands to the mainland.

In Mexico, news reports are that the damage has been minimal. There are downed trees, and the power was out in some areas, but there are no reports of major structural damage or flooding. There are concerns that the rain associated with the storm could still cause flash floods, however.

The storm has now crossed over the Yucatan Peninsula, and it is back in open water in the southern Gulf of Mexico. After crossing over land, it has weakened to 40 miles per hour.

Weather experts believe that the conditions are favorable for it to regain the strength, and by late Thursday, early Friday, it could make a second impact in Mexico as a stronger storm. The forecasted path is for the coastal communities between Tampico and Veracruz.

Channel 7

Tropical Storm Franklin spares Belize

In Belize, residents in northern Belize and the Cayes took the necessary precautions as the storm was approaching. Many businesses on the island closed early on Monday, August 8th and a few persons decided to spend the night at the available hurricane shelters. Supermarkets ran out of bread and other basic goods as islanders prepared for the worst. But throughout the night, there was little to no rain and wind was normal.

On Tuesday morning, August 8th, residents woke up to cloudy skies and a few showers. Along the beach minimal erosion was observed, and most importantly, no serious damages. At 8AM, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) issued an ‘All Clear’ notice, discontinuing the tropical storm warning for the coast of Belize, from Belize City to the Corozal District.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

#525063 - 08/09/17 05:56 AM Re: Tropical Storm Franklin near Yucatan Peninsula [Re: Marty]  
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Click photos for more pictures!


After being under the threat of Tropical Storm Franklin and NEMO gave the ALL CLEAR for Belize, members of the NEMO ECO in San Pedro made assessments of the few damages made by TS Franklin, which was minor erosion of beaches and collapsed coconut tree at the Mar de Tumbo area. The SPTC work crew were out early cleaning up the sargasso that washed ashore on Boca del Rio Drive.

#525076 - 08/09/17 09:39 PM Re: Tropical Storm Franklin near Yucatan Peninsula [Re: Marty]  
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This storm is now HURRICANE FRANKLIN and going into Mexico, aiming towards Mexico City, but it is unlikely to go up that high into the mountains. Belize is now well clear of it.

Preparation for Tropical Storm Franklin, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

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