Three weeks from the official start of Hurricane season, Tropical Storm Ana impacted eastern North Carolina dumping several inches of rain across the region and triggering a tornado along the Outer Banks. Five rresidents in Lenoir County had to be evacuated due to rising flood waters.
This week on the Down East Journal, the predictions for the 2013 hurricane season and how to prepare for what officials say could be an “extremely active” season. And, we discuss a new computer modeling program that’s been developed by North Carolina scientists to better predict the impact of storm surge and coastal flooding. Plus, we speak with local emergency management about how they're preparing to keep the public safe before, during and after a storm. The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And online at publicradioeast.org.