Franklin could be season's first hurricane

Potential Cyclone 7

Well, before the season started, NOAA placed the average at 45% of seeing an above normal season. The prediction for the number of hurricanes remained the same, but the agency has increased its forecast to 14 to 19 named storms and 2-5 major hurricanes.

In May, NOAA predicated 11-17 named storms and two to four major hurricanes.

That company, Citizens Property Insurance, now has more than 451,000 customers statewide who face rate increases that officials say are needed to cover rising costs associated with water damage claims not related to tropical storms or hurricanes.

Researchers released a new report (link) on the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which goes through November 30.

That's in part because the chance of an El Niño forming has dropped sharply since May, Bell said.

"Wind patterns that are conducive to storm development are now in place across the tropical Atlantic", Bell said.

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It wasn't clear Monday why the power line was overhanging the water, in proximity to watercraft. "A scout is fearless ". The Boy Scouts were boating on Lake O' The Pines near Avinger, Texas over the weekend when tragedy struck.

There have already been six named tropical storms in the Atlantic in the first nine weeks of this year's season, double the number that typically form by this time in an average year.

Tropical Storms Franklin may should become a hurricane before making landfall Wednesday night and Invest 99L may develop into Tropical Storms Gert this weekend.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the storm's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

Since Invest 99L isn't a closed circulation storm system, forecast modeling isn't very helpful in predicting where it will go.

While Franklin is expected to intensify to a hurricane it doesn't look like it will live beyond 48 hours as it hits the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range that runs through the eastern half of the country.

After landfall, Franklin will slowly dissipate over east-central Mexico bringing heavy bouts of rain and potential flooding. Historically, the peak comes between August and October.

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