Tropical Storm Franklin Expected to Become Large Hurricane, Minimal Impact on Carolinas Expected
Tropical Storm Franklin is projected to become a formidable hurricane as it progresses east-northeast, safely avoiding the Carolinas early next week. At present, the storm’s center is positioned near latitude 22.7 North and longitude 68.0 West as of 5:00 AM Friday. Its current pace is 6 mph eastwards, but a sharp turn towards the north is anticipated for tonight and Saturday.
According to forecasts, Franklin will strengthen gradually over the weekend, with high chances of attaining hurricane status. However, it is predicted to pass between 500 and 700 miles off the coast of the Carolinas by Monday, causing minimal impact. The primary consequences are expected to be rough surfs and dangerous rip currents.
In addition to Tropical Storm Franklin, meteorologists are monitoring a wide-reaching low-pressure area over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Prospects indicate that it could transform into a tropical depression late this weekend or early next week. However, the future strength and trajectory of this system remain uncertain. Possible outcomes range from minor development to the formation of another tropical storm.
Residents in Florida and the Southeast US coast are advised to closely monitor this system as it may pass near these regions by the middle of next week. The latest data reveals a degree of uncertainty in its movement. Potential pathways include traversing Florida and heading up the Carolina coast, or navigating through the Florida Keys before veering far offshore.
It is crucial for residents and locals to stay updated on the progress of both Tropical Storm Franklin and the developing system over the weekend. Keeping apprised of any changes is essential to adequately prepare for potential impacts.