The latest advisory on Tropical Storm Franklin has weakend the storm to 65 mph and 1003 mb. Right now the core of the storm is encountering heavy shear related to the trough nearby. The lower-level and mid-level lows are becoming decoupled and the storm seems to be foundering. Franklin should continue to weaken but thus far has refused to obey reason.
On the other hand, Tropical Depression Seven is behaving quite nicely. The center of circulation is currently in the southern Gulf of Mexico and moving towards Mexico. Sustained winds are at 35 mph and the central pressure is 1009 mb. Convection is increasing and the depression is becoming better organized. However, the depression is very close to the coast and running out of time before landfall. Tropical Storm Warnings have been posted for the Mexican coast in anticipation of the formation of Tropical Storm Gert. Gert should make landfall as a very weak tropical storm.