NOAA releases hurricane forecast, leaders meet to prepare

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their predictions for the Atlantic Hurricane season Thursday and it looks like it's going to be a busy one.

They expect 14 to 23 named storms, with 8 to 14 hurricanes. NOAA thinks 3 to 7 of those could be major storms, meaning above a category 3.

Director for Horry County Emergency Management Randy Webster says they are preparing as they do any other year.

"The numbers just kind of help impact the fact it's going to be a busy season," Webster said. "All the forecasts that have come out are showing a busy season, so I think it just, you need to be ready this year."

Emergency management officials from across Georgia and South Carolina met in Conway Thursday to talk about how they can better communicate in emergency situations, ranging from major hurricanes to wildfires.

Captain Michael F. McAllister of the United States Coast Guard says it's an opportunity for all emergency officials to get on the same page.

"We actually try to get together, all of these organizations, at the federal, state, and local level at least twice a year," McAllister said.

Webster says with the NOAA forecast coming out, there are some questions you need to ask yourself.

"How am I going to take care of my family? What am I going to do with my pet? If I'm leaving, how am I going? Where am I going? How do I get there? What do I need to take with me?" Webster said. "Those are all the things you need to do now while there is no anxiety about a storm that's approaching, because inevitably, you'll forget something."

With hurricane season starting in less than a week Webster says they are ready for whatever comes our way.

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