The National Weather Service has released its hurricane predictions for the 2011 season.
12 to 18 named storms with the possibility of 3 to 6 of those storms turning into major hurricanes is what the National Weather Service is predicting for the 2011 hurricane season.
Meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Newport
Richard Bandy says last year was also an active season, even though no hurricane hit land.
"Inversely you could have a very low activity season but you could still get hit by hurricane, you could have a season with only one hurricane form, but if it happens near the coast and makes land fall it could cause significant impacts." said Bandy.
Governor Bev Perdue declared next week hurricane preparedness week. She is urging all North Carolina residents to develop or update their family emergency plans and supply kits. Hurricane season begins June 1st and runs through November.