NOAA Forecasters: 2017 An Above Average Season

Hurricane Season Sign With Stormy Background

Around the same time as the first Hurricane of this year's Atlantic Hurricane Season formed, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, updated its forecast, saying there is now a 60 percent chance of an above average season.  

Forecasters say this hurricane season could be the most active since 2010, when there were 19 named storms.  

NOAA's update includes between 14 and 19 storms, which is up from 11 to 17 from the May prediction.  

They say 5 to 9 will become hurricanes, which is unchanged and two to 5 will be major hurricanes.  That's up from a prediction of 2 to 4.  

Franklin made landfall in Mexico as the first hurricane of the season, but has since been downgraded.  

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center in Miami is watching a wave that continues to move in a northwest direction, northeast of the Leeward Islands.  It has a 40 percent chance of developing over the next several days, but is forecast to stay off to our east if that becomes the case.

A third disturbance being watched is over the Bahamas and set to bring South Florida significant rainfall, but it's non-tropical.

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