There have been seven named storms already this tropical season but none of them have reached the status of a hurricane. Eastern North Carolina has been lucky so far as we have not seen any storms come close to us. The weather pattern is starting to change and that could mean more action near our coast in the coming weeks. In addition, ocean temperatures have warmed into the lower to middle 80s from our coast south and east and that will mean there is more heat energy available for these storms over the next month. It means that any tropical storms that do develop are more likely to become hurricanes. It has been several years since a significant hurricane came inland across eastern North Carolina. Hurricane Isabel came into northeastern North Carolina in 2003. We have been grazed by several lesser storms since then but conditions could change in a hurry this time of year.