Franklin nearly a hurricane, Atlantic disturbance may strengthen

A system in the Atlantic is worth watching through the weekend.

A storm threatening Mexico may reach hurricane status as it approaches the Mexican coast, and forecasters have given the other system in the Atlantic a better chance of development.

Tropical Storm Franklin is in the southern Gulf and is threatening Mexico. Winds are sustained at 65 mph and have the potential to increase before landfall. A hurricane warning is in effect along the coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Tuxpan. Tropical storm warning in effect for coast of Mexico east of Puerto de Veracrz to Ciudad del Carmen and coast of Mexico north of Tuxpan to Barra del Tordo.

The other system is an elongated area of low pressure (Invest 99L) located a little more than 2000 miles from South Florida. This disturbance continues to battle wind shear and will do so through Thursday. Development chances increased slightly to 40% in the next 5 days. Invest 99L will encounter a lower shear (more favorable) environment for strengthening on Friday and Saturday. Most computer models recurve the system between the Bahamas and Bermuda by early next week. The European continues to be the strongest model and closest to the Bahamas.

Chances are, this disturbance will stay far enough offshore to avoid getting too anxious about. However, as you know the current thinking can change. You'll want to check back through the week for future updates!

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