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Hurricane Franklin makes landfall for second time

Hurricane Franklin made landfall early Thursday morning in the Mexican state of Veracruz. (Source: NHC) Hurricane Franklin made landfall early Thursday morning in the Mexican state of Veracruz. (Source: NHC)
NOAA revised its May prediction to reflect the changing dynamics of the hurricane season. (Source: NOAA/CNN) NOAA revised its May prediction to reflect the changing dynamics of the hurricane season. (Source: NOAA/CNN)

(RNN) - Franklin, the first Atlantic hurricane of the season, made landfall on the coast of Mexico early Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center reports. 

As a tropical storm, Franklin first hit Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday then gained hurricane strength as it moved westward over the warm Bay of Campeche.

The Category One hurricane is located about 80 miles southeast of Tuxpan, Mexico, and 70 miles north-northwest of Veracruz, Mexico. It is headed westward at 13 mph, a motion that forecasters expect will continue during the next day.

Franklin will experience rapid weakening as it moves further inland, according to the NHC.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the coast of Mexico from Puerto de Veracruz to Cabo Rojo. A Hurricane Watch is in effect north of Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect south of Puerto de Veracruz to Puerto Dos Bocas, as well as north of Cabo Rojo to Barra del Tordo.

The storm will produce drenching rainfall of up to 8 inches, life-threatening flash flooding, hurricane-force winds and storm surge of 4 to 6 feet within the warned area.

As it passed through the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday, Franklin left behind drenching rainfall and flash flooding, particularly in the city of Campeche. 

The active season so far this year has made it more likely that hurricane season will be more active than normal, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

The chances of an above-normal hurricane season increased from 45 percent to 60 percent from NOAA's earlier predication.

NOAA also boosted the total number of named storms: a range of 14 to 19 named storms and two to five major hurricanes. 

In May, NOAA predicted that the 2017 hurricane season would feature from 11 to 17 named storms and two to four major hurricanes. 

A prediction for five to nine hurricanes remains unchanged. 

"We’re now entering the peak of the season when the bulk of the storms usually form," said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. "The wind and air patterns in the area of the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean where many storms develop are very conducive to an above-normal season. This is in part because the chance of an El Nino forming, which tends to prevent storms from strengthening, has dropped significantly from May."

So far in 2017, two named storms have made landfall in the continental U.S.

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