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Atlantic Basin Heats Up for Start of Hurricane Season

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 has the capability to develop and intensify very quickly as it moves over warm water.

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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.

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.