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The Atlantic could have a new tropical depression in the next few days, and this one could move close to the East Coast.

On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration increased its forecast, just as the season peak nears, calling for 14 to 19 names storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to five major hurricanes with winds topping 111 miles per hour.

As of Friday morning's forecast, it appears that whatever comes of Invest 99-L will stay well east of the eastern seaboard as a trough of low pressure picks it up and pushes it out to sea early next week.

"It does not appear that it is going to be a direct threat to the US, so that is good", said NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen. Earlier, as a tropical storm, Franklin made a relatively mild run across the Yucatan Peninsula.

Long before the adoption of a naming system by the World Meteorological Organization, hurricanes in the West Indies were named for the particular saint's day on which they occurred.

Pfaff noted that peak season isn't until September 10, but as we head closer, he urges Cape Fear residents to make sure they have their hurricane preparedness plans in place.

Rainfall totals of up to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches are possible in various Mexican states, including Tabasco, northern Veracruz and northern Puebla, according to the center.

Forecasters said hurricane-force winds extended up to 35 miles from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extended up to 150 miles. A hurricane watch extended north from Cabo Rojo to Rio Panuco. Schools are frequently used as storm shelters in Mexico.

Want to track Hurricane Franklin? The season has the potential to be extremely active, and could be the most active since 2010. This surge could also bring "large and destructive waves".

In a scheduled update released Wednesday for its 2017 Atlantic hurricane season outlook, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) now predicts a more active season than previously predicted back in May. Six of those storms go on to become hurricanes, with three reaching major hurricane status.

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