The tropical season is heating up and at least one more storm is likely to form by the weekend.
The tropical season is heating up and that could keep Gulf and Atlantic coastal residents on edge for the next few weeks. The peak of the tropical season is around September 10, which means we usually have approximately half of the annual number of storms by that time. So far this year six storms have been named and we're still two weeks away from the midpoint of the season. Fortunately, Eastern North Carolina has been able to escape the wrath of these storms so far but can we make it to the end without a hit? It has been five years since a major hurricane threatened our area. Historically, the average number of years between hurricane strikes is about 3 to 4 years. Several forecasters are now suggesting that we are overdue for a hit along or near the coast of our state. You can be sure we'll be tracking each storm carefully until the season ends on November 30. Our current storm, Gustav, appears to be heading for a strike along the Gulf Coast late in the weekend or early next week. Another system is organizing tonight east of Puerto Rico and that will need to be watched for next week. Eastern North Carolina is most vulnerable to hurricane strikes from the middle of August through October and this year may yet prove to be a busy one for us.