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Two Tropical Storms

MIAMI (AP) - Another tropical storm has formed in the Gulf of
Mexico.

Tropical Storm Gert has winds around 40 miles per hour and is in
the southern part of the Gulf. It's expected to hit Mexico tonight.

Mexican officials will post a tropical storm warning for parts of
the Gulf coast, stretching from Palma Sola northward to La Pesca.
It is an area that received some rains from Hurricane Emily's
powerful arrival in that region last week.

Meantime, Tropical Storm Franklin is moving out into the Atlantic.

At 5 p.m. E DT, Gert was centered about 65 miles southeast of
Tampico, Mexico. It was moving toward the west-northwest at 10
miles per hour. The system was just above the 39 miles per hour
threshold to become a tropical storm. It had potential to strengthen slightly before landfall.

Meanwhile, Franklin weakened in the open Atlantic. The storm was
expected to begin losing it's tropical characteristics. Its winds
were at 50 miles per hour and was centered 365 miles west of
Bermuda. Neither system should directly hit the Sunshine State.


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