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The 2006 hurricane season officially started on June 1, and word is it could rival last year's string of deadly storms.
Peak storm month: September
Last day of 2006 Hurricane Season: November 30
Travelers to hurricane-prone regions, such as the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, should plan ahead. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released its annual forecast predicting at least eight hurricanes, four of which could be Category 3 or higher. As many as 16 tropical storms have already been named, with some even expected to reach as far north as New York City.
The closer you travel to the equator, an area with limited wind conditions, the less likely you are to wind up in a hurricane's path; hurricanes need warm waters and favorable wind patterns to form.
Islands with the lowest chance of being hit: Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago; according to NOAA, you have a two percent chance of being hit by a hurricane in the southerly Caribbean isles
ONLINE HURRICANE RESOURCES
Noaa.gov National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's official website: One-stop hurricane information, including weather pattern analysis and maps
Weather.com The Weather Channel: Hurricane tracking and airport closings
Stormcarib.com Caribbean Hurricane Network: Daily island-by-island weather information