The National Hurricane Center is watching one tropical storm — Franklin — and multiple other weather systems, making for a crowded Atlantic on Monday.
None of the systems pose an imminent threat to Florida. However, two of them, Tropical Depression Nine and Tropical Storm Franklin, are likely to bring storm conditions to land at some point.
In an evening update from the hurricane center, forecasters said Tropical Depression Nine is expected to cross south Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday, and it could bring heavy rain and areas of flash and urban flooding. Tropical Storm Franklin is likely to bring heavy rains across Puerto Rico and Hispaniola through the middle of the week and tropical storm conditions to portions of the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Tuesday.
Tropical Storm Gert was downgraded to a tropical depression by Monday evening, while Tropical Storm Emily became a post tropical storm Monday morning.
Tropical Depression Nine was about 320 miles east-southeast of Port Mansfield, Texas, at 7 p.m. Monday, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. The fast-moving system is expected to move inland over south Texas by midday Tuesday. Forecasters anticipate the system will become a tropical storm before it reaches the Texas coast.
Franklin was about 290 miles south of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph at 8 p.m. The storm was nearly stationary Monday evening. Forecasters anticipate Franklin will make a turn toward the north Tuesday and into Wednesday, and will likely strengthen before it reaches the southern coast of Hispaniola early Wednesday.
Tropical Depression Gert weakened Monday evening, the hurricane center said. Forecasters anticipate Gert won’t last much longer and could dissipate at any time. The system was about 375 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm was moving slowly west-northwest at about 7 mph and what’s left of the system will gradually turn toward the northwest overnight or Tuesday.
Tropical Storm Emily became Post-Tropical Storm Emily Monday morning. The system was about 1,230025 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands Monday evening. The storm has a small chance of redeveloping as it moves north over the subtropical central Atlantic. The system has a 20% chance of formation in the next week.
The last system forecasters are watching is a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the far eastern Atlantic that is associated with a tropical wave a few hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Forecasters said conditions are favorable for gradual development, and a tropical depression is likely to form later this week while it moves west-northwest across the eastern Atlantic. The system has a 40% chance of formation in the next two days and a 70% chance in the next week.
While none of these systems are forecast to move over Florida, the National Weather Service said the busy tropics serve as a reminder to prepare for the remainder of the hurricane season. The peak of the season, when most tropical activity occurs, is mid-August through mid-October.
Times staff writer Amy Gehrt contributed to this report.
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