Researchers Say Carteret County Faces One Of The Highest Risks For 2007 Hurricanes

A new report says Carteret County, leads the nation with a 22-point-four percent probability of being struck by hurricane-force winds. That's the highest probability in the nation. Eight of the top 20 counties for risk are in North Carolina. The report also says counties along the North Carolina and South Carolina coasts face substantially higher-than-normal risks for hurricanes in 2007.

University of Central Florida statistics professor Mark Johnson and Georgia researcher Chuck Watson say their research also says there's a higher-than-normal risk for other areas of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

Charleston County, (South Carolina), is tied for fifth at 20-point-one percent.

The predictions are based on statistical models that include the use the paths of storms from the past 155 years.