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Bolstered by real-time data feeds from the National Hurricane Center, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has introduced special storm-tracking maps that allow power industry stakeholders to stay informed during the 2013 hurricane season and understand the potential impact of a storm.

Each year, the EIA says hurricanes affect the nation's energy infrastructure, especially when storm paths traverse power plants, offshore production rigs and pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico, coastal refineries, and energy import and export sites.

According to the National Hurricane Center, hurricane season began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30, with the peak period occurring in September. As the Center revises its predictions, the maps will be instantly updated, the EIA notes.



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