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Hurricane Franklin is now a Category 3 storm as it tracks south of Atlantic Canada

At the 2:00 p.m. NHC advisory, Hurricane Franklin was downgraded from a Category 4 to a Category 3, storm.

GOES EAST - Band 2 - Visible Red at 4:15 p.m. EDT on August 29, 2023. Hurricane Frankliin is off the Atlantic coast of the U.S. Source - GOES-East CONUS - Band 2
GOES EAST - Band 2 - Visible Red at 4:15 p.m. EDT on August 29, 2023. Hurricane Frankliin is off the Atlantic coast of the U.S. Source - GOES-East CONUS - Band 2

At the 2:00 p.m. NHC advisory, Hurricane Franklin was downgraded from a Category 4 to a Category 3 storm.

At the latest update, the storm is about 330 miles (530 kilometers) west-southwest of Bermuda, with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph (200 kph), moving to the north-northeast at 12 mph (19 kph).

A north-northeastward to northeastward motion with a faster forward speed is expected during the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of Franklin is expected to pass to the northwest of Bermuda on Wednesday.

A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for Bermuda. According to the NHC, Franklin will cause dangerous surf and rip currents along the eastern seaboard.

“Life-threatening surf and rip currents generated by Franklin are already affecting Bermuda and the coast of the southeast United States. These conditions are expected to spread northward along the east coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada later today into Wednesday,” a bulletin on the NHC’s website reads, according to CTV News Canada.

Hurricane Franklin Track issues at 3:00 p.m. ADT, August 29, 2023. Source – Environment Canada.

CTV Atlantic meteorologist Kalin Mitchell says the storm is not expected to have any direct on-land impacts in the region, unless there is an unexpected and significant change in the track.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre expects Franklin to bring heavy surf conditions to parts of the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia and southern Newfoundland by Wednesday.

Life-threatening surf and rip currents generated by Franklin are already affecting Bermuda and the east coast of the United States. These conditions are expected to continue during the next several days.

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