Tropical storms and hurricanes can wreak havoc across the state, from the coast to the mountains. They can bring damaging winds, heavy rains, floods and even tornadoes. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, with the peak of activity typically occurring from mid-August through mid-October.
According to experts from NC State University, this year will be a near normal season, with 11 to 15 named storms forming in the Atlantic basin. Of those, six to eight are expected to grow strong enough to become hurricanes. This is close to the long-term average, but below the recent 30-year average.
Experts are also looking at a climate pattern called El Nino, which can suppress or fuel hurricane activity. However, it hasn’t developed yet and is a little too early to determine its impact. “As we get closer to the start of the season, we will be able to better pinpoint how much of an impact it is going to have,” Smith said.
Even though we don’t get as many hurricanes as Florida, every part of the state is susceptible to damage from these huge storms. Creating an evacuation plan and knowing your local hurricane hazards is the best way to stay safe in the event of a storm. To learn more, check out the SCEMD’s Hurricane Guide and our localized weather information. Also, be sure to keep up with the latest forecasts and advisories.