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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season will officially start June 1st and experts are calling for an above average season that could be just as bad, if not worse, than last year.  

Following a year that produced Super Storm Sandy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issuing its 2013 prediction.

"For the six-month hurricane season which will start June 1st NOAA predicts and above normal and possibly an extremely active hurricane season," said Kathryn Sullivan, Acting Commerce Undersecretary.

 NOAA calling for a range of 13 to 20 named storms in which 7 to 11 becoming hurricanes with winds of at least 74 miles per hour.

"Of those hurricanes we predict that three to six will become major hurricanes ranked 3, 4, and 5 having winds of 111 MPH or greater. These ranges reflect quite a lot of activity and they are centered well above the seasonal averages," said Sullivan.

On the Jersey shore today, the boardwalks reopened just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, but there is still much re-building to be done after Hurricane Sandy walloped the coast last year destroying homes and taking lives. And that region is not out of the woods this year.

"The ability to have another Sandy in the same location a year later exists," said Joseph Nimmich, Acting NOAA Administrator.

Last year it was Tropical Storm Isaac that prompted pre-storm preps in South Georgia before it veered to the west. The region spared any major problems in recent years. But few here will forget how a Tropical Storm named Alberto stalled in 1994 and created the worst natural disaster in South Georgia's history, a lesson that even those living inland are at risk.

"This is a very dangerous hurricane season and if you are not prepared and you don't listen to the warnings and the evacuations, you are likely to be a statistic," said Nimmich.

For now it's six months of watching the seas. Local emergency management officials stay in close contact the national weather service ahead of hurricanes and other major storms that threaten our areas. As always now is a good time to put together a storm kit and develop an emergency evacuation plan.

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