Tropical Storm Franklin nears Mexico; Atlantic disturbance given low chance

Tropical Storm Franklin was expected to make landfall in Mexico late Monday or early Tuesday and cross over the Yucatan Peninsula as a tropical storm. Beyond that, Franklin was expected to keep churning west over the Gulf of Mexico before striking the Mexican coastline again.

Meanwhile, a smattering of disorganized storms and showers in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean was given a low chance of becoming a cyclone over the next five days. That disturbance was heading northwest over the open Atlantic and has a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone over the next five days, according to the .

Franklin, which formed late Sunday night., was no threat to Florida and the Atlantic disturbance wasn’t a threat at this point either.

The activity in the Atlantic hurricane basin, which includes the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, comes as the 2017 hurricane approaches what’s historically been the busiest time of the season — the stretch between mid- and late-August through September.

It’s the time that produces the so-called Cape Verde storms that originate off the coast of Africa near the Cape Verde Islands. As they strengthen over the tropical Atlantic they travel west toward the Caribbean before, as is often the case, turning north. Most of the major hurricanes over the years, like Andrew, Katrina, and last year’s Matthew, have been Cape Verde storms.

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