Frank weakens slightly off the coast of Mexico

posted Jul 12, 2012, 9:33 AM by Tom Kachelman   [ updated Jul 12, 2012, 9:33 AM ]
Tropical Storm Frank weakens slightly off the coast of Mexico. at 1100 am PDT/1800 UTC the center of Tropical Storm Frank was located near latitude 14.8 north...longitude 98.7 west. Frank is moving erratically toward the west-northwest near 8 mph/13 km/hr. A general motion to the west-northwest accompanied by some fluctuations in forward speed is expected for the next day or so. On the forecast track. Frank should move parallel to the coast of southern Mexico through Wednesday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 55 mph/90 km/hr with higher gusts. Some fluctuations in strength will be possible today but steady strengthening is expected to begin on Tuesday. It is still possible that Frank could reach hurricane strength as early as late Tuesday night.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles/75 km from the center. Hazards affecting land: Tropical storm conditions could approach the coast within the warning area on Tuesday. Rainfall: Frank is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches along the southern coastal region of Mexico with possible isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches. These rainfall amounts may produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.