Storm update: Franklin and the Atlantic system that continues to hang on

8-8.png

Tropical Storm Franklin is crossing the Bay of Campeche while the Atlantic storm is gaining strength. (image courtesy National Hurricane Center)

HOLT, Fla., Aug. 8, 2017–Tropical Storm Franklin crossed the Yucatan peninsula today and entered the Bay of Campeche where it will have a chance to pick up strength before making a second landfall in Mexico.

Franklin could be near hurricane intensity when it makes landfall, according to the National Hurricane Center. If it does, it will become the first Atlantic hurricane of the season.

Traveling west-northwest at 12 mph, the storm is packing sustained winds of 40 mph with higher gusts.

Meanwhile, the storm in the Atlantic is forecast to gain strength as it travels toward the south eastern United States before making at turn to the north-northeast.

While its current environment is unfavorable for significant development, that is expected to change later this week as the system moves in a generally west-northwest direction.

Formation chance through the next five days has been raised to 40 percent.

Hurricane tracking models show the system continuing on its current path.

storm_998-8

Hurricane models show the Atlantic storm system turning north-northeast away from the United States. (image courtesy South Florida Water Management District)

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s