Summer 2017 : More hurricanes than first predicted
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, already expected to be more active than normal, could be worse than previously forecasted, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
It could be the most active since the 2010 season, which produced 19 tropical storms of which 12 became hurricanes, NOAA said.
NOAA has revised its May forecast from 11 to 17 named storms to 14 to 19 named storms, with five to nine anticipated hurricanes, up from four originally forecasted.
Hurricane Franklin currently is dissipating over interior Mexico after making landfall near Veracruz as a Category 1 hurricane Thursday morning.
There have been six named storms in the Atlantic thus far this season, double the amount that normally would be seen by this point.
Winds in the tropics and warmer-than-expected tropical waters are ideal for hurricane formation this year, according to NOAA.
The peak of the Atlantic hurricane season runs from mid-August through late October.