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Tropical Update: Franklin makes second landfall, watching Invest 99-L

Hurricane Franklin made landfall earlier Thursday morning along the Mexican Gulf Coast as a category one hurricane with sustained winds of 85 MPH.

Gusty coastal winds and widespread heavy rain is likely Thursday. The risk will transition to mountainous flash flooding and landslides by Thursday afternoon.

Elsewhere, there are two other areas of interest.

An area of disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity is associated with an area of low pressure above the surface, near the Bahamas. This storminess has a 10-percent-chance of developing into a tropical system within the next two to five days.

Rainfall will likely be enhanced across central and southern Florida through the end of the work-week.

Further east, Invest 99-L continues to track west-northwestward with a 20-percent-chance of tropical development within the next 48-hours; a 40-percent-chance within the next five days.

The First Alert Forecast Team will be monitoring Invest 99-L through the weekend. As of Thursday morning’s forecast, it appears that whatever comes of Invest 99-L will stay well east of the eastern seaboard as a trough of low pressure picks it up and pushes it out to sea early next week.

Track the latest on the tropics on our First Alert Weather App and at our Hurricane Center at wtoc.com.

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