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It's that time of year again when we start to focus our attention on the Atlantic Ocean...and not just because of beach days. Hurricane season is right around the corner and even though the season is still a week and a half away, its never to early to get prepared. As residents of the east coast, we must be ready every year as though a big one will hit.

Colorado State University issues a forecast every year for the Atlantic hurricane season. This year the numbers are below average.
CSU is forecasting nine named storms. Of those storms, three are expected to be hurricanes which is half of the average expected in a year. Of those three storms, only one is predicted to be a category three storm or stronger.

During an average year there are 12 named storms. Six of those will become hurricanes of which two will be major hurricanes.
So as you can see, this year's numbers are well below average.

The StormTeam 2 in house model also puts out a yearly forecast which looks very similar. Nine to 11 named storms are expected of which four to six would become hurricanes. The forecast for a major, category three hurricane or stronger ranges from none to just two.

But just because the numbers are below normal does *not* mean the impact will be low.

Ask anyone who lived in Florida during the 1992 hurricane season. That year, there were only seven named storms of which four became hurricanes. Of those four, only one made landfall but it was one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the United States.

Hurricane Andrew hit the coast of Florida as a category five storm, making it the most recent of three category five storms that have hit the States. In a otherwise relatively quiet hurricane season, we ended up seeing one of the most destructive storms in history.

So the bottom line is all it takes is one storm to change life in the Lowcountry. That's the reason we harp so much on being prepared for hurricanes.

Photo Credit: Joseph Kurt