Storm Franklin set to become a hurricane when it strikes Mexico

Storm Franklin set to become a hurricane when it strikes Mexico

Storm Franklin set to become a hurricane when it strikes Mexico

Franklin strengthened into the first hurricane of the Atlantic season on Wednesday. This would be the most storm activity since 2010, NOAA said.

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

The Atlantic Ocean now faces a higher likelihood of an "extremely active" hurricane season with more storms than previously predicted, United States forecasters warned Wednesday, updating the previous outlook issued in May. The agency's expected number of five to nine hurricanes overall is unchanged.

These six make up 'half the number of storms during an average six-month season and double the number of storms that would typically form by early August, ' said the USA government agency in a statement. Hurricane season typically lasts from June 1 to November 30.

Reasons for the unusually active season include the temperature of the tropical Atlantic. "We had expected them to develop as the season went on, which is why the May forecast called for an active season", said Gerry Bell, NOAA's lead hurricane researcher.

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Heading into the hurricane season in late spring, odds for El Nino conditions during the prime tropical months of August-September-October (ASO) were over 50%, now heading into those peak months, odds are down to 10% with an over 70% chance of neutral conditions.

The second landfall "will be much stronger than the first one", churning up waves up to five meters high, said Alberto Hernandez, an official with Mexico's National Meteorological Service. Schools are frequently used as storm shelters in Mexico.

Tropical Storm Franklin made landfall as a hurricane in eastern Mexico overnight Wednesday night and, despite weakening rapidly, will pose a unsafe flood threat for some inland locations into Friday.

Hurricane Franklin roared ashore on a thinly populated part of Mexico's central Gulf coast early Thursday and began weakening as it pounded a mountainous region prone to flash floods and mudslides with rains and heavy winds.

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