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Franklin gaining strength.....Rain chances increasing for Suncoast

SARASOTA CO. FL (WWSB) - We should see additional moisture return later in the day on Thursday which will bring a better chance for a little more widespread scattered shower and thunderstorm activity.

There is a tropical disturbance which popped up SE of Miami on Weds. this will be moving west across S. FLorida on Thursday.

We will catch the edge of some of the moisture associated with this system which should bring a 40% chance for some storms later in the day.

The high will be in the low 90s with a heat index nearing 102 in the afternoon.

Lows will run a few degrees above average as well.

Franklin the 1st. hurricane of the Atlantic season, was gaining strength rapidly over the warm waters of the SW Gulf of Mexico.  As of 8 p.m. Weds. winds have already increased to 85 mph and some slight strengthening is possible before landfall into E. Coast of Mexico Thursday morning.

A system E. of Puerto Rico is showing some signs of organization. The NHC now has it at a 50% chance of developing over the next 5 days. Current thinking is that this will move NW and then curve away from the U.S.

Tropical Disturbance

Chances increasing for development

Still too early to tell if the U.S. is out of danger with this one. By the way the next named storm is Gert.

Bob Harrigan

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