Six months ago superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey devastating parts of the garden state and New York as well. In eastern North Carolina, Sandy brought heavy winds, rain and a significant amount of storm surge.
Looking ahead to the 2013 hurricane season which is just over a month away, the National Weather Service says, much like last year, they expect this season to produce 12 to 13 named storms. NOAA says the reason for the active season predictions are due to the extreme weather during this winter for much warmer temperatures than usual. Weather service meteorologist Andrew McKaughan says the season that starts June 1st, will be active.
"It's kind of allowed temperatures in the tropics to be a little bit higher than they usually are this time of year. It's not the only indicator but it's one a lot of people have been focused on," said McKaughan.
The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1st and lasts until November 30th. NOAA says the outer banks is one of the top locations on the coast to get hit, averaging hurricane damage every five years.