Tropical Storm Franklin has become the sixth named storm of the season.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Franklin’s center of circulation was about 200 miles east of Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula at 11 a.m. Monday, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. The storm is moving west-northwest at 14 mph.
Forecasts expect the storm to come ashore in Mexico overnight, but Franklin is not expected to reach hurricane strength. Franklin is not expected to have an impact on Florida
There is also an area of low pressure that forecasters are watching moving toward the Lesser Antilles, but it is not expected to see any further development over the next few days. Conditions could improve for strengthening later in the week.
Tropical Depression Seven has formed in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Honduras, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday night.
Currently graded as a Potential Tropical Cyclone, Seven has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, and is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm overnight Sunday into Monday. The National Hurricane Center began using the “potential cyclone” designation for any tropical disturbance which is expected to become a tropical storm and make landfall within 48 hours, inside of the typical watch and warning windows.
Should it strengthen, Seven will become Tropical Storm Franklin, the sixth named storm of the season, and is expected to take a northwesterly track, bringing it over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula sometime overnight Monday or Tuesday morning. It is expected to continue moving west before dissipating over mainland Mexico midweek.
Forecasters are also watching an area of low pressure in the Atlantic between the Cabo Verde Islands and Lesser Antilles which is moving on a general west to northwestern track at about 15 mph. Further development is considered unlikely, with forecast odds of it developing into a tropical system at 10 percent in the next 48 hours, and 30 percent in the next five days.
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