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FIRST ALERT: Franklin heads for Mexico, watching what may become 'Gert'

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The tropics remain active with Tropical Storm Franklin in the southern Gulf of Mexico and what may soon become 'Gert' in the central Atlantic. 

Tropical storm Franklin made it's first landfall in Mexico early Tuesday morning just south of Cozumel and Cancun.  After some weakening over land, Franklin has already started to intensify again over the Bay of Campeche. It will briefly intensify to a Category 1 Hurricane just before making landfall along the coast of Mexico near Veracruz overnight tonight.

A second system across the central Atlantic has the potential to become 'Gert' by the weekend.  Conditions around this feature are becoming more favorable for tropical development.  Several of the more reliable forecast models suggest development of the system by Friday or Saturday.  

Long term forecast models show a wide spread in the potential location of the system, but the general idea is for the potential storm to re-curve east of the US east coast. 

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