Tropical Storm Franklin forms well away from land

August 13, 2011 - 8:30 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say the sixth named storm of the Atlantic season has formed well off the U.S. East Coast.

The National Hurricane Center said early Saturday morning that Tropical Storm Franklin was centered about 460 miles (740 kilometers) north-northeast of Bermuda. It had maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph (65 kph).

Franklin is not expected to get any stronger, and forecasters say it is likely to significantly weaken by Sunday. It does not pose any threat to land and is expected to keep moving over open waters. It currently is moving to the northeast at about 20 mph (32 kph)