RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- State disaster relief agencies are warning
North Carolina residents to prepare for the worst as the Atlantic
hurricane season approaches.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Gov. Mike Easley
said homeowners should review their insurance policies, put
together emergency preparedness kits and learn the evacuation
routes in their community.
Easley has declared this week Hurricane Preparedness Week. The
Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1.
Hurricane forecasters are calling for between 13 and 16 named
storms to materialize this season, with possibly as many as nine of
those storms reaching hurricane strength.
Conditions that have spawned increased hurricane activity since
1995 -- warmer-than-normal temperatures in the eastern tropical
Atlantic -- are expected to continue in 2008.