‘Extremely active’ hurricane season now likely
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.