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Hurricane Season Reaches A Quiet Peak

Hurricane Arthur
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Historically, today marks the peak in the Atlantic hurricane season. 

There have been four named storms so far and three of those were hurricanes.  Hurricane Arthur caused damage to eastern North Carolina when it came ashore along the Outer Banks in July.  

Richard Bandy is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Newport.  He said forecasts for a below normal season are proving accurate. 

“In general I think once we get basically through about mid-October in this area the activity really starts to drop off,” Bandy said. “But we definitely need to keep a close look out for at least another month, but you never want to just let your guard down there are storms that could develop anytime during that season if they develop close to the coast could have an impact here in North Carolina.”

Bandy says the number of named storms could double over the next few weeks. 

He said it's important to maintain a disaster preparedness kit throughout the year.

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