July 25, 2005

Tropical Storm Franklin weakens in Atlantic

MIAMI (Reuters) - A feeble Tropical Storm Franklin churned
through the Atlantic Ocean toward Bermuda on Monday but posed
no immediate threat to land.

Forecasters cautioned residents of the mid-Atlantic British
territory to keep an eye on the storm, which was expected to
pass to the northwest of the island on Wednesday.

At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), the center of Franklin was about
295 miles west-southwest of Bermuda and was moving to the
east-northeast at about 5 mph (8 kph), the U.S. National
Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Once near hurricane strength, Franklin had sustained winds
of just 40 mph (64 kph), barely a tropical storm.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Gert faded away over the
mountains of Mexico after hitting the coast on Sunday.

Franklin and Gert are the sixth and seventh storms of one
of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons in history. In more
than 150 years of record-keeping, forecasters had never seen
six tropical storms form by the end of July.