Carteret County At High Risk For Hurricane, Experts Say

On this first day of hurricane season, some experts say one county here in Eastern Carolina is a big target.

Carteret county is the most likely place in the country to be hit by a hurricane this year, according to the storm experts at the University of Central Florida. They say Carteret County has a 22.4% chance.

With that predication, Allen Smith, emergency management director in the county, hopes folks are ready.

A survey conducted earlier this year by the health department showed a majority of residents can still do more to ready themselves for a major storm. High chances or not, Smith says the county is still preparing for the worst.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is projecting this year a 75 percent chance that the Atlantic hurricane season will be above normal, with 13 to 17 named storms.

Tune in Saturday night to WITN-7 for a special show about hurricanes and how to prepare. Marvin Daugherty hosts "Hurricane Watch 2007," starting at 8 p.m. Following that, you can watch another hurricane show called "Get Ready North Carolina!" And of course, the Children's Miracle Network broadcast starts at 9 p.m., right here on WITN-7. We hope you'll help us make miracles happen for sick and injured chlidren in Eastern Carolina.


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