It has been a very inactive year in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. So far only six named storms have developed and there doesn't seem to be anything organizing at this point. We have averaged over 12 storms a year over the past 15 years, with some of those systems causing considerable damage to the United States. The tropical season doesn't end until November 30 so there is still a chance a storm could impact our area. Typically, tropical storms and hurricanes impact eastern North Carolina between August 15 and October 15, although there have been a few instances of these storms hitting our area in early November. For now we'll just continue to watch and wait for any development.