Update, 8/10/17, 3:15 p.m.: Tropical Storm Franklin became a hurricane Wednesday evening, shortly before reaching Mexico. Early Thursday morning, Franklin was downgraded back to tropical storm status and continues to dissipate. All watches and warnings have been discontinued. This will be our last update.
Update, 8/9/17, 12:30 p.m.: Tropical Storm Franklin is now located 165 miles east-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico, moving west at 13 miles per hour and bringing maximum sustained winds near 70 miles per hour. Although the storm is likely to reach hurricane status as it reaches Veracruz late Wednesday or early Thursday, rapid weakening is expected after it makes landfall.
An average of 3 to 8 inches of rain is expected across Belize and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, with isolated areas receiving as much as 15 inches. Dangerous waves are expected along parts of the coast in the affected area.
Current watches and warnings include: a hurricane warning for the coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Cabo Rojo; a hurricane watch for the coast of Mexico north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco; and tropical storm warnings for the coast of Mexico east of Puerto de Veracruz to Puerto Dos Bocas and the coast of Mexico north of Tuxpan to Barra del Tordo.
See below for a list of cruise ship itinerary changes.
(3:30 a.m. EDT) -- Tropical Storm Franklin has prompted cruise ship itinerary changes, causing several ports to be shuffled during Carnival Breeze's current seven-night sailing, which departed Galveston on Sunday, and Carnival Fantasy's five-night cruise, which departed Mobile on Tuesday.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is swirling 45 miles north east of Chetumal in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, bringing 60 mile-per-hour winds. While the storm's momentum is expected to weaken as it crosses the peninsula today, a Hurricane Watch remains in effect for the coast of Mexico, from Puerto de Veracruz to Rio Panuco.
A tropical storm watch is in place from Sabancuy to Puerto de Veracruz and a tropical storm warning is in place for Chetumal to Sabancuy and Belize City to the Mexico border.
Heavy rain is predicted, with 3 to 6 inches expected in most place and up to 12 in others. The NHC warns of flash floods, dangerous swells and heavy winds.
Tropical Storm Franklin Cruise Itinerary Changes
Carnival Breeze has reorganized one sea day and three ports to maneuver around Tropical Storm Franklin. On Tuesday, the ship will swap a previously planned call on Cozumel for a day at sea. On Wednesday, the vessel will stop at Roatan instead of Belize City. Roatan will be replaced by Belize City on Thursday, and the ship will call on Cozumel on Friday, forgoing the originally scheduled sea day.
Carnival Fantasy has reshuffled two port days to avoid Tropical Storm Franklin and will now call at Cozumel on Wednesday, August 9, and Costa Maya on Thursday, August 10, before resuming its original itinerary.
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--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor; updated by Kerry Spencer, Editor, U.K.