Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting a 45 percent chance of having a more active than normal hurricane season for 2017, which means more people, land and animals will be affected.
NOAA forecasters also predict a 70 percent chance of 11 to 17 storms that will be named during the 2017 season, with two to four of these becoming major hurricanes, according to the NOAA website.
While hurricane season did not begin until June 1, tropical storm Arlene was active in April in the Atlantic Ocean.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam suggests steps for being prepared for the hurricane season. These steps include having a plan for what to do in an emergency, having emergency supplies ready and staying informed on the weather.
Some ways to stay prepared include creating a list of inventory and stocking up on items that could run low, such as feed, hay and gasoline. It is also important to contact insurance companies to ensure all assets are covered under the policy.
The Department of Homeland Security suggests keeping emergency supplies including food, water, cash and sources of light readily available. These steps can help prevent loss and damage from hurricanes.
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