Tropical Storm Franklin Causes Damage in Dominican Republic and Haiti, Heads Towards US East Coast
Tropical Storm Franklin wreaked havoc in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, resulting in significant damage and sadly claiming two lives. The storm is now making its way towards the U.S. East Coast, with predictions from the National Hurricane Center that it will intensify and become a Category 2 hurricane early next week.
While New Jersey is not directly in the projected path of Franklin, it is still at risk of experiencing adverse weather effects. The storm is expected to curve along the East Coast border and continue northeast. Fortunately, the New Jersey National Weather Service office assures residents that Franklin will stay far away from the Jersey Shore.
However, even though the storm will remain off the coast, it still poses risks such as increased rip currents. On-again off-again showers are expected for New Jersey over the next few days, although these conditions are not solely attributable to Franklin. Riptides and high wind gusts are potential adverse effects that residents should remain cautious of.
The risk level for rip currents in the New Jersey region is currently rated as “moderate,” meaning life-threatening rip currents are possible. This serves as a reminder that we are currently in the peak of the Atlantic tropical season, with the National Hurricane Center monitoring other areas of interest in the Atlantic.
As Tropical Storm Franklin moves north from its current position above Puerto Rico, the outlook will become clearer. Residents should stay updated with the latest weather reports and follow any safety precautions advised by local authorities.
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