‘Ex­tremely ac­tive’ hurricane sea­son now likely

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

Six named storms have al­ready formed, in­clud­ing Trop­i­cal Storm Franklin, which was ex­pected to hit the east coast of Mex­ico late Wed­nes­day as a hurricane. Two of these storms, Cindy in June and Emily in July, struck the United States.

“We’re now en­ter­ing the peak of the sea­son when the bulk of the storms usu­ally form,” said Gerry Bell, lead hurricane fore­caster at NOAA’s Cli­mate Pre­dic­tion Cen­ter.

NOAA said 14 to 19 named storms are now likely to form this year, with five to nine be­com­ing hur­ri­canes. The num­bers in­clude the six storms that al­ready oc­curred. The 2010 sea­son had 19 named storms.

A trop­i­cal storm con­tains wind speeds of 39 mph or higher and be­comes a hurricane when winds reach 74 mph.

The lat­est fore­cast, an up­date to one re­leased in May, makes no pre­dic­tion about where or when the storms will hit.

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