Tropical Storm Franklin emerges over Bay of Campeche and is strengthening again

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Mexico (AP / Accuweather) -- Tropical Storm Franklin entered the Bay of Campeche off the Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday evening.

Now that Franklin is over the warm waters again, strengthening has commenced with winds up to around 70 mph with localized higher wind gusts. A few bands of rain will continue over the western part of the Yucatan Peninsula, but that rainfall will diminish through Wednesday morning.

As Franklin tracks over the warm waters of the Bay of Campeche, the storm will re-intensify further right through Wednesday night. Franklin will likely reach hurricane strength before making a second landfall over mainland Mexico near Nautla, Mexico, late Wednesday night or first thing Thursday morning.

Flooding, mudslides and wind damage can all be expected with the second landfall of Franklin over eastern mainland Mexico, mostly between Tampico and Veracruz, Mexico, Thursday morning.