National Hurricane Center Director Speaks At ECU Workshop

It's been nine months since hurricane Irene devastated many parts of the state, and the first day of this year's hurricane season is in just a few days. At a hurricane workshop Wednesday afternoon at East Carolina University in Greenville emergency crews heard from experts on how to best prepare for hurricanes.

June 1st will mark the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, and because many parts of the state are still recovering from last year's devastating storm Wednesday's hurricane workshop had an even more significant meaning.

This is the third year emergency managers throughout the state to attended the workshop to discuss how to prepare and respond to a hurricane. Just last year, the category one Hurricane Irene caused many areas millions of dollars worth of damage. Experts say while every season is different, residents can never be too careful when it comes to taking storm precautions.

"People let their guard down at the last minute a little bit, because they heard us take it from a category three to less than a category three. There's no such thing as just a tropical storm, and there's certainly no such thing as just a hurricane," said National Hurricane Center Director Bil Read.

Read says even though we have had a few storm scares already this year, that doesn't necessarily portray what the bulk of the hurricane season will be in August, September and October.

The NOAA forecast will be released Thursday..