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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is on alert as systems in both the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean are developing. The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1, but so far no systems have strengthened into a hurricane.

But there are now two systems that could potentially turn into hurricanes churning in the oceans around the US.

In the eastern North Pacific, disorganised showers and thunderstorm activity has re-developed.

The broad area of low pressure is located a few hundred miles south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.

According to NOAA, the disturbance could become a short-lived tropical depression later on Monday if the thunderstorm activity becomes better organised before moving over colder waters Tuesday.

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The formation chance throughout the next 48 hours is set to medium at a 50 percent change.

The same goes for changes of formation throughout the next five days.

AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said: “Even if the system were to develop, it would do so several hundred miles off the southwestern coast of Mexico and therefore be no threat to land.”

The next system to strengthen into a tropical storm in the East Pacific Basin would be given the name Cristina.

To be named, the storm would have to have winds of at least 39mph (62km/h).

In addition, an area of low pressure is forecast to form off of the southeastern coast of the US on Tuesday.

NOAA warns the system could develop later this week.

However, there is not thought to be any threat to land as it moves generally northeastward well offshore.

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The formation chance through the next 48 hours is low, near 20 percent.

In May, NOAA released research by forecasters with its Climate Prediction Centre, saying an “above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected”.

The prediction read: “The outlook predicts a 60 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 30 percent chance of a near-normal season and only a 10 percent chance of a below-normal season.”

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

The centre is forecasting a likely range of 13 to 19 named storms, of which six to 10 could become hurricanes.

To be classified as a hurricane, winds must be at least 74mph.

NOAA also said three to six major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher) is possible this season.

The hurricane tracker said the information provided is with a 70 percent confidence.

An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

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