Eastern Carolina is breathing a big sigh of relief as another hurricane season has come and gone.
Aside from the impact from what was once Hurricane Ida, much of eastern Carolina got off easy this year. But coastal residents know that one lucky year does not mean you can let down your guard.
This is the first year in a dozen years that less than ten named storms formed off our shores. Chris Collins with the National Weather Service says El Nino in the Pacific ocean played a role in keeping the Atlantic storms fairly quiet. Officials say the warm water coupled with wind shear kept many of the larger storms from heading west.
Officials with the National Weather Service expect to have next seasons predictions out sometime in the spring.