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Region braces for rains

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Region braces for rains

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Tropical Storm Franklin was heading towards Bermuda today as the Caribbean braced for heavy scattered showers and thunderstorms over the next 48 hours, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) has said.
It noted that Franklin is located about 460 miles north-north east of Bermuda with maximum sustained inds of 45 miles per hour (MPH).
NHC said also a well defined trough of low pressure located about 600 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands is producing a small area of scattered showers and thunderstorms.
“This system is showing some signs of organization,” it said, noting however that environmental conditions were “only expected to be marginally favourable for development during the next couple of days.
“This system has a medium chance -30 per cent – of becoming a tropical storm during the next 48 hours as it moves west-northwestward at around 20 MPH”.
But NHC warned that the system near Bermuda is showing signs of organization and that “slow development” is possible during the next couple of days as moves west-northwestward at about 10-15 miles per hour.
It said that Franklin should turn east by tomorrow. (CMC)