August and September are the most active months for hurricanes in the Atlantic basin, but it’s too early for coastal residents of the United States to assume that the danger has passed. This might be especially true this year since the season is expected to remain active for a longer period of time than normal.
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From the start of October through the end of November, the official end of hurricane season, three named storms (tropical storms and hurricanes) typically occur, roughly one-quarter of a typical season.
The most likely locations for storm development in October are the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic. During the heart of the season, many storms form in the central or eastern Atlantic. Formation close to land increases the likelihood of the storms making landfall, and the most common track is for storms to form in the Caribbean and head northward toward Florida and along the East Coast.
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