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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 wind farm owners and operators to stay informed during the 2013 hurricane season.

Each year, hurricanes affect the nation's energy infrastructure, especially when storm paths traverse offshore production rigs and pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico, coastal refineries, power plants, 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. The EIA says its interactive tool allows power generators, energy analysts, government decision-makers and the American public to better see and understand the potential impact of a storm.

As the National Hurricane Center revises its predictions, the maps will be instantly updated, the EIA notes.

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