Hurricane Franklin continues to gain strength as it traverses the Atlantic Ocean, with projections indicating a swift intensification into this season’s inaugural major hurricane. The process is expected to unfold over the expanse of warm waters situated between the East Coast and Bermuda.
Anticipations suggest that Franklin may escalate to a Category 3 hurricane by the onset of the coming week, while its trajectory will take it several hundred miles away from the mid-Atlantic coastline.
According to assessments by the FOX Forecast Center, the Southeast and mid-Atlantic regions could encounter substantial swells and rip currents throughout the duration of the Labor Day weekend. Nevertheless, the prevailing prediction remains that the storm will refrain from making landfall within the United States.
HURRICANE FRANKLIN AMID MULTIPLE SYSTEMS MONITORED WITHIN THE ACTIVE ATLANTIC
Current Location of Hurricane Franklin:
Hurricane Franklin’s current coordinates place it approximately 575 miles to the south-southwest of Bermuda, its movement being northwestward at a pace of 8 mph. The storm has reached maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.
What Course Is Hurricane Franklin Charting?
Projections for Hurricane Franklin’s path do not foresee a direct impact on U.S. territory. As indicated by the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) trajectory, the intensifying hurricane is set to traverse the space between the East Coast and Bermuda over the course of this week.
The hurricane’s anticipated route entails a shift to the north-northwest on Sunday, followed by subsequent turns towards the north and then the north-northeast during the initial phase of the workweek.
The current forecast envisions the cyclone threading its way between Bermuda and the United States.
Presently, the Bermudian government is urging residents to maintain vigilance over the progress of Hurricane Franklin.
Bermuda Minister of National Security, Michal Weeks, JP, MP, remarked, “I call upon residents to remain vigilant and stay tuned to weather updates and official communications.”
Franklin’s forecast track.
Will Hurricane Franklin Affect the United States?
Although Hurricane Franklin is not projected to directly strike the U.S. mainland, significant swells are poised to impact the Eastern Seaboard, commencing on Monday and extending potentially until the Labor Day weekend, according to insights from the FOX Forecast Center. Additionally, there is a forecast of hazardous rip currents along the entire East Coast during this week.
FOX Weather meteorologist Britta Merwin affirmed, “Our coastline is not in the direct path of the hurricane. A sequence of troughs originating from the East Coast will act as a buffer. There’s no need for concern about the hurricane making landfall along the East Coast, but we might witness some challenging surf conditions.”
The rip current forecast for Aug. 27, 2023.
For instance, by Wednesday morning, the waves off the coast of North Carolina might reach heights of 9 to 12 feet, as elaborated by Merwin.
“Fortunately, the most potent and towering waves will have subsided before the arrival of the Labor Day weekend,” she further elaborated. “However, if the hurricane’s trajectory comes too close and we encounter beach erosion before the holiday weekend, there could be minor repercussions in that regard.”
PREDICTED 2023 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON NEAR AVERAGE, ANTICIPATING UP TO 17 NAMED STORMS, ACCORDING TO NOAA