September 23, 2023

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A number of storms in the Atlantic basin warrant watching

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Tropical Storm Franklin will strengthen this weekend and another storm may head toward Florida next week.

WASHINGTON — As we inch closer to the peak of hurricane season, the Atlantic basin is picking up. In addition to Tropical Storm Franklin, there are three areas of potentially development we’re keeping an eye on.

We’ll be watching a broad area of low pressure over the northwestern Caribbean Sea near Honduras very carefully over the next few days as well. Conditions are primed for gradual development as the system moves northward. A tropical depression is likely to form late this weekend or early next week before accelerating through the Gulf of Mexico and heading toward the Florida Gulf coast.

Another wave of low pressure moving off the coast of West Africa has a 50% chance of development in the next seven days. The showers and thunderstorms are midway between the Cabo Verde Islands and the northern Lesser Antilles.

Tropical Storm Franklin is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane over the weekend before passing west of Bermuda as a Category 2 hurricane early next week. The storm is then expected to turn off to the northeast and stay out to sea. The storm may kick up some waves and pose a rip current threat through the Carolinas next week.

We typically see the most tropical activity from mid-August through mid-October with the official peak of the Atlantic hurricane season marked on September 10th.

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