June marks beginning of hurricane season 

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

But don’t let the forecast fool you.

It only takes only one storm to hit a community and bring hazards such as storm surge, high winds, flooding and tornadoes.

“What we try to impress upon people is that it doesn’t matter if it’s an inactive season or an active one, it only takes one,” said John Cole of the National Weather Service forecast office in Newport, which includes Onslow and Carteret counties in its coverage area.

Hurricane Andrew hit Florida in 1992 as a Category 5 storm. It was one of only 7 named storm that season, well below the average.  In 1993, Hurricane Emily brushed the Outer Banks and was one of only 8 named storms.

Cole said storm surge is the biggest threat property and lives during hurricanes and a new tool is available this year to help residents prepare for potential flooding from storm surge, the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm beyond predicted astronomical tides.

The National Hurricane Center will generate maps in conjunction with a hurricane watch, and in some cases a tropical storm watch, to show geographic areas where inundation from storm surge could occur.

“It will show specifically on the map what areas could see inundation and at what height above ground level,” Cole said.

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