Tropical Storm Franklin is still meandering about out in the Atlantic. It is a little stronger today and expected to drift to the Northeast. We have not been covering it too closely since it was never much of a threat to the Caribbean once it pulled away from the Bahamas (technically the Bahamas are not even considered "Caribbean" islands). Below is the latest warning from the NHC:
TROPICAL STORM FRANKLIN ADVISORY NUMBER 26
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
5 PM AST WED JUL 27 2005
...FRANKLIN MOVING NORTHWARD AND RE-STRENGTHENING...
AT 5 PM AST...2100Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM FRANKLIN WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 33.9 NORTH... LONGITUDE 69.3 WEST OR ABOUT
285 MILES... 455 KM... WEST-NORTHWEST OF BERMUDA.
FRANKLIN IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 7 MPH...11 KM/HR...AND
THIS MOTION IS FORECAST TO CONTINUE TONIGHT WITH A GRADUAL TURN
TOWARD THE NORTHEAST...AT A FASTER FORWARD SPEED...EXPECTED ON
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 50 MPH... 85 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 105 MILES
...165 KM...MAINLY SOUTH THROUGH WEST OF THE CENTER.
THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1000 MB...29.53 INCHES.
REPEATING THE 5 PM AST POSITION...33.9 N... 69.3 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTH NEAR 7 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS... 50 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1000 MB.
THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
AT 11 PM AST.