TROPICAL STORM FRANKLIN
|Tropical Storm Franklin Spins off the Florida Coast
In Late July, A tropical wave off the Bahamas organized into Tropical Depression Six on the afternoon of July 21. The depression
became Tropical Storm Franklin just two hours later, the first time the sixth storm of the season has ever formed this early
in the season. The storm headed northward from the Bahamas, coming very close to the florida coast, but Franklin moved out
to sea to the northeast over the Atlantic. Franklin strengthened to its peak intensity with winds of 70mph on July 23, and
began moving erratically ENE towards Bermuda. Heavy wind shear also began to tear the storm apart, weakening it to a minimal
tropical storm with winds of 40mph. Even so, Bermuda put up a tropical storm watch for a short time, but dropped it when Franklin
moved far west of the island. Bermuda did receive some strong wind gusts, however, but none at tropical storm force. Franklin's
closest approach to Bermuda was over 175 miles away, on July 26.
Tropical Storm Franklin then accelerated north and northeast, roughly paralleling the East Coast of the United States,
and strengthened to nearly hurricane strength once again. But as it moved over the cooler waters of the North Atlantic, it
eventually became extratropical along the coast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and the remains of Franklin merged with a
Frontal Zone on July 31. There have been no reports of casualties or damage due to Franklin.