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Storm churns near Bahamas

Tropical Storm Franklin will brush parts of the Bahamas with wind and rain, but is not posing a threat to Florida unless the track changes, forecasters said.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | July 22, 2005

Tropical Storm Franklin will brush parts of the Bahamas with wind and rain, but is not posing a threat to Florida unless the track changes, forecasters said.

The storm had 50-mph winds by Friday afternoon. Parts of the Bahamas were expecting two to four inches of rain. A tropical storm warning was issued for Eleuthera, the Abacos and Grand Bahama Island.

Franklin was meandering slowly toward the northwest at only 2 mph, but was expected eventually to curve to the northeast after passing the Bahamas.

That track will keep it away from the U.S. coast, though if the track changes the storm could threaten Florida. Franklin is the sixth tropical storm for the Atlantic hurricane season.

Meanwhile yet another tropical wave is producing a large area of cloudiness and thunderstorms over the western Caribbean Sea. That storm could work its way into the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said.

Hurricane Emily broke up over the mountains of Mexico by Thursday afternoon. Sustained winds dropped to 30 mph, but forecasters said the storm could still dump significant rain over northern Mexico, possibly causing flash floods.


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