August 7, 2017 / 3:08 AM / 2 years ago

Tropical storm Franklin forms over the Caribbean: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Franklin, the sixth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, has formed over the north-western Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Sunday.

The storm, located about 380 miles (610 km) east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) at present, is likely to strengthen before reaching the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula by Monday afternoon.

The government of Mexico has issued a tropical storm watch for the Gulf coast of Mexico from south of Campeche to Sabancuy, the NHC said.

Reporting by Arpan Varghese in Bengaluru; Editing by Joseph Radford

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