Hurricane season has begun, forecasters expect it to be active
June officially marks the start of hurricane season and forecasters are predicting an active season.
The prediction is one those who are still rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy did not want to hear.
Deborah Bulliner said she stayed at her house in the Outer Banks when the superstorm rolled in seven months ago. She said her house was surrounded by three feet of water.
The water was so high around I Got Your Crabs Shellfish Market and Oyster Bar in Kitty Hawk, N.C., people were canoeing outside.
“We had quite a bit of water in the restaurant, had to take all the walls out, dry everything out, replace some electric outlets,” says the manager Kathy Chilton.
The oyster bar was able to reopen within three weeks and workers say they would do it all again if another hurricane hits.
“We are commercial fisherman we come back from anything,” says Chilton.
A resilient attitude is common among those who work and live in the Outer Banks. Days after Sandy passed people were out shoveling, sweeping, and pumping the water back to the ocean.
Forecasters say in 2013 there will be between seven and 11 hurricanes, three to six of those will be major, meaning a category three or bigger.
“I don’t want to hear about it when they say hurricane season is coming, I don’t even want to look at it to tell you the god honest truth, I do from one day to the next and that is the best way to be,” says Bulliner.
Forecasters encourage people to have a hurricane plan and a kit. People should also make sure to keep copies of important documents with them like their passport, birth certificate, deed or lease to your home, along with insurance policies.