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Tropical Storm FRANKLIN


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TROPICAL STORM FRANKLIN ADVISORY NUMBER   5
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
11 AM EDT FRI JUL 22 2005

...FRANKLIN DRIFTING ERRATICALLY NORTHWESTWARD NEAR ABACO ISLANDS...
 
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHWESTERN
BAHAMAS FOR ELEUTHERA...THE ABACOS...AND GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND.
 
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
 
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.
 
AT 11 AM EDT...1500Z...THE POORLY-DEFINED CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM
FRANKLIN WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 26.8 NORTH... LONGITUDE 77.0
WEST OR ABOUT 30 MILES... 45 KM... NORTH-NORTHEAST OF GREAT ABACO
ISLAND AND ABOUT 115 MILES... 180 KM...EAST OF FREEPORT GRAND
BAHAMA ISLAND.
 
FRANKLIN HAS BEEN MEANDERING SLOWLY TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST OR
NORTHWEST NEAR  2 MPH... 4 KM/HR.  A GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE
NORTH...AT A SLIGHTLY FASTER FORWARD SPEED...IS EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS.  THIS MOTION WOULD KEEP THE CENTER OF FRANKLIN
MOVING PARALLEL TO THE FLORIDA EAST COAST. HOWEVER...SINCE FRANLIN
IS A SMALL TROPICAL STORM...SOME ERRATIC MOTION IS POSSIBLE.
 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR  50 MPH... 85 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. SOME SLOW STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
 
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO  35 MILES
... 55 KM MAINLY TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER.
 
THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE RECENTLY REPORTED BY AN AIR FORCE
RESERVE UNIT RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT WAS 1007 MB...29.74 INCHES.
 
FRANKLIN MAY PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES OVER THE
NORTHERN BAHAMAS DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
 
REPEATING THE 11 AM EDT POSITION...26.8 N... 77.0 W.  MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTH-NORTHWEST NEAR  2 MPH.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS... 50 MPH.  MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1007 MB.
 
AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL
HURRICANE CENTER AT 2 PM EDT FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT
COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 5 PM EDT.
 
FORECASTER STEWART
 
 
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