Meteorologists have predicted a busy hurricane season.
Now, they are urging residents on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to be prepared.
The season runs from June through November.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting 12 to 15 storms, with six to eight becoming hurricanes and two to four being major hurricanes.
Weather experts say that since one storm can cause major damage, people who live in coastal areas should always be prepared.
Frank Lapore, the public affairs officer for the National Hurricane Center in Miami, says people living in areas threatened by hurricanes should know what evacuation route is best. They also should make provisions for pets if they have to leave.
If residents decide to ride out the storm, they should have a disaster kit ready in case they have to go a few days without water or electricity. Some items they should have on hand are bottled water, a battery-powered radio, an extra flashlight, and nonperishable food.
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