As Hurricanes Felix and Henriette battered opposite shores of Central America, one expert downgraded the Atlantic storm forecast slightly. Despite the second such downgrade this year, experts predict an above-average season -- and indeed, even with only six named storms and two hurricanes, the season has set startling records. Hurricanes Henriette, left, and Felix, right.
Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC Hurricane Felix has withered into a tropical depression as it crossed the mountains of Central America, but not before displacing or stranding thousands. The damage and death toll are still being assessed. Hurricane Henriette, a Category 1 storm at 8 a.m. EDT, was nearing the Mexican coast with sustained winds of 75 mph.
The latest forecast from William Gray at Colorado State University still calls for six more hurricanes, three of them major storms of Category 3 strength or higher.
And watch the home front: There's some indication that conditions are brewing in the Atlantic for a storm that could strike the United States, some news outlets have reported in recent hours.
With two Category 5 storms making landfall within two weeks of one another, the Atlantic storm season of 2007 has already set a record. For more records set by Felix, see The Storm Pundit's latest post here. For an interactive map showing the strongest hurricanes around the world this year, click here.
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