Forecasters predict we could have up to 6 major hurricanes this Atlantic season. With hurricane Irene's damage to eastern Carolina 2 years ago fresh in our memories, we spoke to Crystal Coast residents about how they're preparing.
In Atlantic Beach and Morehead City residents and business owners are preparing for the start of hurricane season which runs from June 1st to the end of November.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists say they expect 13-20 named storms which include tropical storms and hurricanes. Many forecasters call that an above normal to an extremely active season. They predict 3-6 could be major hurricanes of a category 3 or higher.
Residents in the east say they stock up on bottled water , batteries, flashlights, radios and generators.
"They generally say every year that there are a lot of storms, but they may stay out on the Atlantic, Pacific or the gulf and they don't actually impact land so I don't worry about it until the weather man says this one's coming and coming right for our area," said resident Barbara Miller.
National Weather Service meteorologists say we normally don't see hurricanes until August or September in eastern Carolina.
The last hurricane that did severe damage to the east was hurricane Irene in August 2011. People compared her wrath to hurricane Floyd which hit our area hard with major flooding in September of 1999.