Tropical Storm Franklin Not Threat To Bermuda

August 7, 2017

Tropical Storm Franklin — the sixth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season — is “not a threat to Bermuda” the Bermuda Weather Service [BWS] said today [August 7], with its closest point of approach to the island within 72 hrs having passed.

Graphic courtesy of the BWS:

Tropical Storm Franklin August 7 2017 5am

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “At 500 AM EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Franklin was located near latitude 17.1 North, longitude 84.2 West. Franklin is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph [20 km/h] and this general motion is expected to continue over the next 48 hours.

“On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will pass well north of Honduras today, then approach the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula by late afternoon. Franklin is then expected to move across the Yucatan Peninsula tonight and on Tuesday.”

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

Tropical Storm Franklin August 7 2017 5am

“Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph [75 km/h] with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast until the center reaches the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula, and Franklin could be near hurricane strength by the time landfall occurs this evening.

“Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles [220 km] from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb [29.68 inches].”

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