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Tropical Storm Franklin heads to Hispaniola, Harold weakens to depression

None of the systems pose a threat to Florida.
 
The National Hurricane Center is watching four systems, including Tropical Storm Franklin and Tropical Depression Harold. None of the systems pose a threat to Florida.
The National Hurricane Center is watching four systems, including Tropical Storm Franklin and Tropical Depression Harold. None of the systems pose a threat to Florida. [ The National Hurricane Center ]
Published Aug. 23, 2023|Updated Aug. 23, 2023

The National Hurricane Center was eyeing multiple weather systems including Tropical Storm Franklin and Tropical Depression Harold on Wednesday.

None of the systems posed an imminent threat to Florida.

Tropical Storm Franklin was expected to cross Hispaniola Wednesday and emerge over the southwestern Atlantic by Wednesday night, according to a morning update from the hurricane center. Forecasters anticipate the storm will bring heavy rain across much of Hispaniola into Thursday and could produce significant flash and urban flooding.

Franklin was also bringing tropical storm conditions to portions of the Dominican Republic and Haiti Wednesday morning, forecasters said. The storm was moving north at 10 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

Tropical Storm Harold, which made landfall at Padre Island, Texas on Tuesday morning, weakened to a depression overnight as it moved over northern Mexico. Forecasters expect the system will bring heavy rain to portions of Texas and southern New Mexico and could produce flash flooding. Flash flooding across portions of far northern Mexico was also possible.

The tropical depression is moving west northwest at 14 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 30 mph.

Forecasters are also watching two other systems in the Atlantic.

In the central Atlantic, an area of low pressure — the remnants of former Tropical Storm Emily — was several hundred miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands. Forecasters said the system could regenerate into a tropical depression or storm late this week or this weekend when it moves over the subtropical central Atlantic.

The system has a 50% chance of formation in the next two days and a 70% chance in the next week.

In the eastern Atlantic, showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands could develop slowly through early next week. The system is expected to move west-northwest across the central Atlantic.

The system has a 10% chance of formation in the next two days and a 30% chance in the next week.

While none of these systems are currently predicted to move over Florida, 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.

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