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They are predicting 14 to 19 named storms, which is increased from the May prediction of 11 to 17.

As time inches closer toward the peak of the season when hurricanes are generally more frequent and typically the strongest, NOAA encourages all coastal residents to ensure preparedness and keep an eye on forecasts.

The National Hurricane Center on Wednesday afternoon upgraded a storm in the Gulf of Mexico to a Category 1 hurricane and it is strengthening as it nears the Mexican coast. The prediction for five to nine hurricanes overall is unchanged.

Federal forecasters are predicting a higher likelihood of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, according to a August 9 scheduled update from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"The winds and the air currents in the tropical region of the Atlantic and Caribbean, where many storms form are very conducive to a season more active than normal", he said, during a conference call.

Bell also said that warmer waters across the tropical Atlantic than models previously predicted also points to a more active season through the rest of this year, while the fact activity has already been higher than models predicted suggests that trend could continue.

The Atlantic basin has seen six named storms this year, two of which made landfall in the United States.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

Forecasters said tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles, mainly to the northeast of the storm's center. A near-normal outcome has a 30 percent chance of occurring. Weather models from earlier this week predicted, with pretty low confidence, that if 99L turned into a larger storm, it could potentially raze the Florida coastline - but as of today, those models have moved the storm eastward into the sea.

NOAA released their updated hurricane season forecast on Wednesday and they increased their forecast and now think it could be the most active season since 2010.

At the same time, Hurricane Franklin christened the peak of storm season, becoming a 75 miles per hour storm before hitting mainland Mexico overnight. He was referring to Tropical Storm Emily, which had posed no threat to the state until July 31 when a system of disturbed weather rapidly intensified overnight. That's because we're approaching what has historically been the busiest part of the hurricane season, which falls between mid-to-late August through September.


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