Atlantic Basin Heats Up for Start of Hurricane Season

By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
June 1, 2013; 12:45 PM ET
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With the start of hurricane season for the Atlantic basin on June 1, residents and homeowners from the East Coast to the Gulf of Mexico should prepare for an active season.

Though nothing threatened the Atlantic Basin in the month of May, early June development is still anticipated.

"Next week or next weekend, around the seventh or eighth of June, we could end up with an organized tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico," AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.

The system would originate over the southern part of the Gulf and could drift slowly northward.

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Though the system is not a remnant of Barbara, the second named storm that formed in the eastern Pacific, it could contain moisture from the remnant low.

"At this point it's really difficult to see what kind of system we'll be dealing with," he said. "We're certainly keeping an eye on it."

Current information suggests that the greatest potential for impact would be in the eastern and northern Gulf of Mexico, including the west coast of Florida, the panhandle and eastern Louisiana including New Orleans.

"I would advise people in northern and eastern portions of the Gulf of Mexico to be in touch with the weather next week," Kottlowski said.

Early indications are any system that develops in this area would be a rather slow-mover and could bring very heavy rainfall, along with locally gusty thunderstorms.

Generally, development and forward speed of tropical systems in this area, this time of the year is slow.

For the season as a whole, AccuWeather.com's long-range team predicts 16 named tropical storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes. Of these, three named storms are predicted to make landfall in the United States.

The Gulf Coast, Florida and East Coast are all at risk for impact this hurricane season.

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