June 1st marks start of hurricane season

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1st, marking the start of what could be a stormy summer.

Forecasters predict an above average number of hurricanes this season. But most are likely to appear during the peak of the season when ocean temperatures are at their highest.

WBTV Meteorologist Kelly Franson says while Charlotte and surrounding areas are far from the North Carolina coast, we still suffer the impact from storms that move through our area as they weaken.

Tropical Storm Fay was falling apart as she reached the piedmont region in 2008. The rains left many areas under a heavy flood with Cabarrus County declaring a federal emergency.

While we may never see another Hugo strength hurricane hit the region, people should still be vigilant and prepared for whatever mother nature brings.