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Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season May Start Out Active

The official start of the 2013 Eastern Pacific hurricane season is Wednesday, May 15.

With the season set to get underway, the tropics are already brewing as an area of unsettled weather crosses the eastern Pacific Ocean several hundred miles to the west of Panama.

This area of unsettled weather could become the first tropical system of the season before the end of the week as it moves generally west to northwest over the open ocean. Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski stated, "It is not uncommon for there to be an area of possible tropical development when the Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins."

If a tropical system develops and reaches tropical storm force, the name Alvin would be assigned to the storm.

Regardless of development does occur, no landmasses are expected to impacted by this possible tropical system as it would remain over the open Pacific Ocean.