NOAA forecasters said there is a 60 percent chance of an above-normal season, up from the 45 percent chance predicted in May. Five to nine hurricanes are still expected, but the number of major hurricanes called for is now two to five (it was two to four).
Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting that the Atlantic hurricane season will be "extremely active" in 2017.
US forecasters say an Atlantic hurricane season that started off strong shows no signs of slowing down. Originally NOAA was calling for 11-17 named storms (tropical storm or hurricane). While Emily made landfall on July 31 in Anna Maria Island, Florida.
As the USA looks ahead to a busy season of storms, Mexico is bracing for the tropical storm to strengthen into a hurricane Wednesday and make a second landfall Wednesday or early Thursday in the Mexican state of Veracruz.
Dry air and strong wind shear have left the system looking ragged over the past few days, and overall chances for development are quite low. There have already been 6 named storms this season, which is double the amount that would normally form by this time.
Forecasters said the season could be the most active since 2010. That's because we're approaching what has historically been the busiest part of the hurricane season, which falls between mid-to-late August through September.
Models forecast the storm to strengthen to category 1 strength before making landfall later Thursday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).
The HWN typically activates whenever a hurricane is within 300 miles of landfall. The saying that applies here is that it only takes one storm to have a bad season.
Moving west Franklin crossed the peninsula, emerging into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico around midnight Tuesday.