Travel Alert: Tropical Storm Franklin Threatens Mexico and Belize

You may want to consider delaying your travel if Cancún and other parts of the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico and northern Belize are in your travel plans over the next several days — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather as a result of Tropical Storm Franklin, which is currently in the western Caribbean Sea as a strong tropical storm heading northwest.

Travel Alert: Tropical Storm Franklin Threatens Mexico and Belize

Tropical Storm Franklin

Tropical Storm Franklin heads across the western Caribbean Sea towards the Yucatán Peninsula of eastern Mexico and Belize, which are outlined with purple lines. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

In addition to Cancún and Belize, areas such as Cozumel and Merida will be affected by Tropical Storm Franklin with strong wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour; a significant storm surge; dangerous seas; and torrential rains of up to eight inches — and substantial flooding as a result. Mudslides are also a possibility as far south as in the mountains of northern Guatemala and northern Honduras. San Pedro Sula could experience some heavy local rainfall; but no travel alerts have been issued for its international airport at this time.

After Tropical Storm Franklin weakens as it travels westward across the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, it could strengthen to a hurricane once it heads out over the warm waters of the Bay of Campeche in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Tampico and other coastal areas of eastern Mexico are currently the possible target of the second landfall of what could be Hurricane Franklin; and Mexico City — which is the most populous city in Mexico — may be significantly impacted as well once the storm is inland.

The first landfall of this tropical storm is expected later tonight; while the second landfall is expected during the evening of Thursday, August 10, 2017.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to anywhere in Mexico — including Cancún — and Belize over the next week or so, expect delays and cancellations. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking, as ground transportation options are expected to be disrupted by the effects of the storm.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight will most likely be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

American Airlines has issued a travel alert for several days starting from Monday, August 7, 2017 as a result of Tropical Storm Franklin. The official Internet web site for Aeroméxico is down at the time that this article was written; so travel alerts with that airline cannot be accessed at this time.


Expect more airlines to issue travel alerts as a result of Tropical Storm Franklin moving closer to the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico and northern Belize.

The aforementioned alerts widely vary by airline; so be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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