Three major hurricanes will make a landfall on the U.S. coast in 2006, including the Gulf of Mexico coast affected by last year's hurricanes. Expect hurricanes to hit North and South Carolina in July, says AccuWeather.


"An active hurricane season appears imminent, which could have major repercussions for the U.S. economy and the one in six Americans who live on the Eastern Seaboard or along the western Gulf of Mexico."

Hurricane Joe Bastardi, the AccuWeather hurricane expert, said that early in the season the Texas Gulf Coast faces the highest likelihood of a hurricane strike, possibly putting gulf energy production in the line of fire.

As early as July and through much of the rest of the season, the highest level of risk will shift to the Carolinas, Bastardi said.

From mid-August into early October, the window is open for hurricane strikes to spread northward to the densely populated Northeast coast. At the very end of the season, southern Florida also faces significant hurricane risk.

Photo: Water washes through a newly formed breach on Hatteras Island, North Carolina, a few days after Hurricane Isabel swept through the area. © NASA.