According to the U.S. National Storm Centre (NHC), Hurricane Franklin is expected to become the first major storm of the Atlantic hurricane season on Monday and is on course to pass quite near Bermuda on Wednesday.
- In the Bermuda Triangle, Hurricane Franklin is intensifying and is predicted to intensify significantly on Monday.
- In the coming week, it will continue to be far from the East Coast.
- But on the East Coast, it will cause surges that will result in strong surf and rip currents.
- Franklin might also be tracking around Bermuda.
Swells are expected to move toward the east coast of the United States
Franklin’s maximum sustained winds were close to 105 mph (165 kph) at around 11 p.m. Eastern time (0300 GMT) when it was about 530 miles (855 km) southwest of Bermuda, according to a warning from the Miami-based center.
According to the advisory, Hurricane Franklin will continue to build and intensify into a major hurricane on Monday.
Major hurricanes are tropical storms that have top sustained winds of 110 mph (177 kph) or more.
An NHC graphic shows that Franklin will steer away from the U.S. eastern seaboard in the early half of the week but will pass relatively close to Bermuda on Wednesday.
According to the NHC, Bermuda started to experience swells caused by Franklin on Sunday night.
According to the statement, “These swells are expected to move towards the east coast of the United States over the next couple of days, possibly producing life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”
According to experts at Colorado State University, the Atlantic hurricane season for this year, which runs from June 1 to November 30, is expected to produce 18 named tropical storms, nine of which will develop into hurricanes, four of which will be major.
Idalia, a different storm, is forecast to intensify into a hurricane late Tuesday night into early Wednesday. It may bring urban floods and sporadic flash flooding to parts of Florida’s west coast, the Panhandle, and southern Georgia.
Hurricane Franklin’s current situation
It is strengthening and is situated in the Bermuda Triangle, much to the north of Puerto Rico. It is anticipated to intensify into a major storm as it moves north-northwestward before turning northeast.
On Saturday morning, Hurricane Franklin became the second hurricane of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season. That’s correct, according to data from the National Hurricane Centre, on the average date of the second hurricane of the season.
A Bermuda threat is coming? Hurricane Franklin had erratic movements on Friday but has now started to travel north. Faster jet stream winds will coil and speed Franklin northeast after it has moved slowly for a while, keeping the storm away from the U.S. East Coast.
Currently, Bermuda is anticipated to have high surf, but a closer approach might cause some coastal flooding in some areas of the archipelago as well as increased gusts and heavy rain.
Interests in Bermuda should keep a careful eye on any changes to this forecast and be ready with their contingency plans just in case.
The U.S. East Coast should experience strong waves thanks to Franklin: Franklin will remain clear of the United States, but it will bring some strong waves to the East Coast starting this week, particularly from North Carolina to New England. This can result in hazardous beach conditions, such as rip currents, in some places.
If you’re going to the beach in the last few weeks of the summer, be aware of this potential risk.