MIDWAY, FL (WTXL)-- We are currently watching two areas of tropical interest. One is located in the Caribbean Sea, while the other is in the North Atlantic.
The disturbance in the Caribbean Sea has now become Tropical Storm Franklin with sustained winds of 40 mph. The storm is located 150 miles east of Honduras and continues on a west-northwest track at 12 mph. Tropical storm watches and warnings have been issued for Mexico and Belize. The system is expected to reach the Yucatan Peninsula Monday night. The current forecast cone anticipates the system reaching the Gulf Coast of Mexico later this week.
The Atlantic disturbance has been downgraded to a 30% chance of developing over the next five days. It is currently located halfway between the Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles. It continues to track west-northwest at 15 mph. The system is not well organized, but development is possible as it travels across the open Atlantic.
We will continue to closely monitor these areas of interest, especially Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven, over the next several days. Get the latest tropical updates from the Storm Team at WTXL.