June marks beginning of hurricane season 

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM.

The Red Cross will have a mock shelter in one of the rooms so people who have never used one can see what to expect if they have to go to one.

Other partners will be on hand such as Onslow County Emergency Services and Duke Energy.

Get information on what is needed to stock an emergency preparedness kit, what to do in the case of an evacuation, what important documents to protect and more.

The season outlook issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a near-normal or below normal Atlantic hurricane season.

According to the forecast there is a 70 percent likelihood of 8 to 13 named storms, of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes and the potential of 1 to 2 of those becoming a major hurricane.

The primary reason for the outlook is the anticipated development of El Nino this summer.

According to the NOAA information, El Nino causes stronger wind shear, which reduces the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes. It can also strengthen the trade winds and increase the atmospheric stability across the tropical Atlantic.

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