Hurricane Season Has Begun

It's that time of year again when we start watching for any signs of a Tropical Storm that might turn into something more serious as it approaches the United States.

NBC's Dan Scheneman reports...researchers are predicting an above-average Atlantic season and warning residents in coastal areas to start preparing now.

Bob Fenton is the acting administrator of FEMA too quick to super
"it really only takes one storm."

That is the warning first responders have for residents in the potential strike zone as the 2017 hurricane season officially begins.

Wait for June first... Tropical storm Arlene formed in the Eastern Atlantic in late April.

Dr. Benjamin Friedman-NOAA says, "while rare, it's not unheard of to have these preseason storms."

But for now, the waters are calm.

NOAA Forecasters are predicting an above average season with a range of 11-17 tropical storms, 5 to 9 becoming Hurricanes. 2-4 of those major Hurricanes with sustained winds of 111 mph or more. Experts at Colorado State University's predication are slightly lower with 11 Tropical Storms, 4 Hurricanes, 2 reaching Major Hurricane status.

One thing meteorologists can't predict, is where the violent storms will strike, which is why officials stress it is important that the hundreds of thousands who live in high risk areas have a plan. "we can not stop hurricanes, but again, we can prepare for them."

Preparing your homes and businesses, coming up with an evacuation plan and having emergency supplies on hand.

"the most dangerous part of the storm is not the wind. It's not the rain. It's the flooding and the storm surge that occurs afterwards."

For now, all eyes will be focused on the Atlantic with uncertainty of just what this year's hurricane season has in store.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st through November 30th.