Bermuda Issues Tropical Storm Watch

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Tues. July 26, 2005: The Bermuda Weather Service last night issued a tropical storm watch for the island as Tropical Storm Franklin spun in the Atlantic, about 230 miles west-southwest of Bermuda.

Forecasters at the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said Franklin was moving erratically eastward near 8 mph but a turn is expected toward the north-northeast at a slower forward speed during the next 24 hours.

Maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph with higher gusts expected. Bermuda forecasters said last night clouds and showers associated with Tropical Storm Franklin will continue to influence local conditions for a few days and changes that Franklin has undergone may bring tropical storm force winds to the Island within 36 hours resulting in the Tropical Storm Watch being issued.

Meanwhile, the remnants of Tropical Storm Gert faded away over the mountains of Mexico after hitting the coast on Sunday.

Franklin and Gert are the sixth and seventh storms of one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons in history. –