(Bloomberg) -- The Atlantic hurricane season is less than threeweeks old yet it’s already threatening the energy-rich Gulf ofMexico coastline with flooding rains and sparking tropical stormwarnings in Venezuela.

Tropical systems in the Gulf of Mexico often grab the notice ofenergy traders because the Texas and Louisiana coastline is home tooffshore rigs and platforms accounting for about 17% of U.S. crudeoil output and 4.1% of natural gas production. They can lead to theevacuation of non-essential personnel from rigs and platforms,cause power outages and also disrupt shipping.

2 potential systems gathering strength

Two potential systems are gathering strength at either end of theCaribbean Sea at a time of year when multiple storms are unusual.One is near Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and may slip into the Gulfof Mexico overnight. The other is off the coast of South Americaand bearing down on Trinidad and Tobago.

“It is unusual but not unprecedented,” said Bob Henson, ameteorologist and blogger with Weather Underground in Boulder,Colorado. “Both will affect land.”

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