Franklin Is A “Potential Threat To Bermuda”

August 24, 2023 | 0 Comments

Tropical Storm Franklin is a “potential threat to Bermuda”, the Bermuda Weather Service said, with its closest point of approach to Bermuda within 72 hours forecast to be 373 nm to the SSW at 6.00am on Sunday [Aug 27], with the BWS noting that “this system may move closer to Bermuda after this time period depending upon its track.”

Graphic courtesy of the BWS:

BWS Tropical Storm Franklin August 24 2023

The latest forecast from the U.S. National Hurricane Center said, “At 500 AM EDT [0900 UTC], the center of Tropical Storm Franklin was located near latitude 21.9 North, longitude 70.4 West. Franklin is moving toward the north near 13 mph [20 km/h]. A turn to the northeast and then east-northeast with a decrease in forward speed is forecast during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will continue to move farther away from the Dominican Republic and over the southwestern Atlantic into the weekend.

“Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph [85 km/h] with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast, and Franklin is expected to become a hurricane in a couple of days. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles [165 km] from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1001 mb [29.56 inches].”

Graphic courtesy of the NHC:

NHC Tropical Storm Franklin August 24 2023

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