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Tropical Storm Franklin forms in the Atlantic

ORLANDO, Fla. — Channel 9 meteorologists continue to monitor five areas of interest.

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Update 11 p.m.

Tropical Storm Franklin is a bit stronger, with winds of 50mph.

Still forecast to impact Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico with heavy rain, flooding, and mudslides.

Winds will be more of an issue for the Dominican Republic.

Update 8 p.m.

Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry said Tropical Storm Franklin will maintain strength Sunday night, still headed for the southern Dominican Republic and Haiti with heavy rain 6-10 inches, mudslides, and gusty winds on Tuesday.

2-6 inches of rain is also expected in parts of Puerto Rico.

Update 5 p.m.

Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry said the first advisory for Tropical Storm Franklin is moving towards southern Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where tropical storm watches are out.

Heavy rain is the main threat for the island, including heavy rain threat for nearby Puerto Rico this week.

Update 11 a.m.

Tropical storm Emily has formed in the open Atlantic.

Emily should remain a tropical storm through the weekend and into early next week before it starts to weaken.

This storm is not a threat to Central Florida and is expected to curve north and stay out at sea.

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Meteorologist Kassandra Crimi said the tropics continue to be active.

There’s a good chance that the tropical wave near Florida could develop into a tropical system as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico this week.

Parts of South Texas should keep a close eye on this.

A tropical wave in the far eastern Caribbean shows signs of organization, and we could see this become a Tropical Depression early this week.

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Areas of the Central and Eastern Caribbean should expect heavy rain from this wave but could have tropical impacts through the middle of this upcoming week.

Tropical Depression #6 and the remaining two tropical waves (closer to Africa) are forecasted to stay out to sea.

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