6-month Atlantic hurricane season officially starts

A tree limb lies across the road at 6th and Market St. in Wilmington, N.C. Saturday, May 9, 2015. Winds picked up as Tropical Storm Ana approached Wilmington. Beachgoers were warned away, emergency officials kept a watchful eye and at least one graduation ceremony was forced indoors as Tropical Storm Ana plodded toward the Carolinas on Saturday in an early heaping of rough weather weeks ahead of the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. (Matt Born/The Star-News via AP)
A tree limb lies across the road at 6th and Market St. in Wilmington, N.C. Saturday, May 9, 2015. Winds picked up as Tropical Storm Ana approached Wilmington. Beachgoers were warned away, emergency officials kept a watchful eye and at least one graduation ceremony was forced indoors as Tropical Storm Ana plodded toward the Carolinas on Saturday in an early heaping of rough weather weeks ahead of the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. (Matt Born/The Star-News via AP)

MIAMI (AP) — Federal forecasters and emergency managers are warning residents from Texas to Maine to be prepared for tropical weather.

Monday is the official start to the six-month Atlantic hurricane season. It’s expected to be slower than an average season, with six to 11 named storms.

But that’s no guarantee that a storm won’t make a catastrophic landfall.

This season got off to an early start when Tropical Storm Ana brought heavy rain to the North Carolina coast in early May.

This year, researchers have new tools to study tropical weather. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will continue to try flying drones into hurricanes, and the University of Miami has opened a lab where hurricane conditions are generated in a tank. Two Tampa-based “hurricane hunter” aircraft also are getting major overhauls.

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