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Tropical Storm Franklin Blowing Out to Sea


The United States and Bahamas have apparently dodged damage from the sixth named storm of the early hurricane season as Tropical Storm Franklin is on a path away from shore and out into the Atlantic Ocean.

A U.S. Air Force reconnaissance jet flying over the storm late Friday clocked sustained wind speeds of 85 kilometers per hour with tropical storm force winds extending outward up to 140 kilometers.

Officials say the storm dropped several centimeters of rain on the northern Bahamas, but did not produce any damaging winds.

Forecasters warn the system could still loop back toward land.

Last year, there were 15 tropical storms in the region, of which nine became hurricanes. The U.S. state of Florida was struck by four of the hurricanes in a six-week period.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.