US Atlantic hurricane season could be 'extremely active'

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 11, 2017

Now a tropical storm, Franklin is predicted to reach hurricane strength later Wednesday or early Thursday when it makes landfall in Mexico.

Typically, it takes six months to rack up that many storms; an average season has 12 major storms, six of which become hurricanes and three of which are major hurricanes.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Franklin's maximum sustained winds later decreased to near 70 miles per hour with additional weakening expected.

It was in the Bay of Campeche, in the far southern Gulf of Mexico, when it was classified as a hurricane Wednesday afternoon. However, as it moves north it's likely to dump heavy rain. The main threats going forward will be flash flooding and mudslides, the NHC advisory says. A hurricane watch extended north from Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Mexico south of Puerto de Veracruz to Puerto Dos Bocas and north of Cabo Rojo to Barra del Tordo, according to the center.

The first hurricane of the season could be Franklin.

Hurricane Center officials are advising residents to prepare to "protect life and property" as soon as possible.

"We're now entering the peak of the season when the bulk of the storms usually form", said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, in a statement.

Already, six storms large enough to merit their own names have roiled the Atlantic, just one indicator of a stormier than anticipated season ahead, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

While Franklin was a relatively weak storm, Belize is counting on an incident free hurricane season for the sake of the recovering agricultural industry and for the sake of Belize's other financial obligations.

The administration initially predicted that the ocean could see anywhere from 11-17 named tropical storm systems this year.

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