U.S. officials remind citizens to prepare for hurricane season

Hurricane Central

WASHINGTON (WCBD) It’s officially hurricane season and with it comes a strong warning to prepare.

Government forecasters are predicting a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year. That means 9 to 15 named storms are likely.

With each storm, the biggest danger is water: flooding and storm surge.

The danger of water is a conversation that we have got to continue to have, said National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham. 90% of fatalities in tropical systems historically has been from the water. Half of those from storm surge and another 25% in inland flooding. And more recently, in the last three years, 83% of fatalities have been from inland flooding, over half of those in cars.

This year has already seen one named storm: Subtropical Storm Andrea.

It set a record, marking the fifth consecutive year a named storm has formed before the official start of hurricane season.

Are you prepared for hurricane season? Storm Team 2 is here to help you before, during and after any storm that may come our way. You can download the 2019 Hurricane Ready Guide by clicking here and track each storm by bookmarking Hurricane Central at counton2.com.

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