Hurricane season starts this Sunday. Weather researchers at NC State have some things to tell us.
North Carolina Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler:
“I think their numbers will be right on track. We have to remember that hurricane season runs through the end of November and there is a long opportunity for damaging storms. This year they are predicting a low number of storms, up to 11 named storms and 4-6 becoming hurricanes.
We would like to see the science behind the forecast, but Mother Nature does her own thing. We have to be vigilant and not let that one storm ruin our year. We need to make preparations now when the weather is quiet. People should review their disaster plans and that could reduce the damage of these storms.
People with animals should make plans for them should there be loss of power and determine what the onsite feeding capabilities are. They should find a place that they can relocate the animals from a low lying area if they have to. Identification is also important should they become lost.
After seeing so much damage from past hurricanes, we want to focus on the people here first. But then we created the Ag Emergency Response team to provide assistance to farmers after storms.”