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Franklin now a hurricane, nearing Mexico oil state - US NHC

Franklin now a hurricane, nearing Mexico oil state - US NHC

NOAA forecasters are predicting a 60 percent chance of an above-normal season, compared to the forecast that was released in May, which called for a 45 percent chance.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season should be "extremely active, and could be the most active since 2010", federal forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday.

The Atlantic hurricane season peaks every year in August and September, and this year is no exception.

2016 also saw an above-average Atlantic activity with 15 named storms and seven hurricanes, four of which were major ones. And while risky winds can threaten life and property, heavy rains form storms can help crops, as was the case with Tropical Storm Emily last month.

Update 11 a.m.: Tropical Storm Franklin is up to 70 miles per hour and forecast to become a hurricane later today before hitting mainland Mexico.

NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida issued a Tropical Weather Outlook at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, due the presence of two systems that could become tropical cyclones and impact Florida.

NOAA has updated its annual Atlantic hurricane season outlook - and it's looking busier.

The fact that two tropical storms - Bret and Don - already formed east of the Lesser Antilles in the usually-quiet first half of the season is one of several signs that convinced the forecasters to up their prediction. El Niños, a warming of the sea surface in the Pacific, tend to prevent storms from strengthening.

The storm took aim at Mexico's central Gulf coast after a relatively mild run across the Yucatan Peninsula.

Reasons for the unusually active season include the temperature of the tropical Atlantic. Scientists predict Franklin will make landfall in Mexico overnight Monday as a hurricane.

The late Colorado State University meteorologist William Gray was the first scientist to make seasonal hurricane forecasts back in the 1980s.


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