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Federal forecasters predict very active hurricane season


New Orleans, La. - With a little more than a week away from the start of hurricane season, federal forecasters predict a very busy 6 months.

"NOAA predicts an above normal and possibly an extremely active hurricane season with a range of 13 to 20 named storms," says Kathryn Sullivan of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Of those 13 to 20, forecasters believe 7 to 11 of them will become hurricanes with as many as 6 becoming a category 3 or higher storm.

Living in a hurricane prone area means you should always be prepared no matter what the predictions.

"If we have to do an evacuation, they need to prepare for that. They need to know where they're going to go and how they're going to get there," says Col. Jerry Sneed.

Deputy Mayor of Public Safety, Col. Jerry Sneed says the city would most likely call an evacuation for a storm category 3 or higher.

If you need the city's assistance to evacuate, there's something new this year. Statues will be marking the spots where bus pickups will take place.

"Now, with this 14 foot iconic symbol on the street, if they can't find a bus stop, something's wrong," says Col. Sneed.

While there's confidence in the new regional hurricane risk reduction system, there's no guarantee.

"Isaac was a great test last year and with confidence we can say that our system will keep up us dry inside of the levees from a category 1 or 2. It's a 3 or above that we don't know, especially if it's a slow moving storm, if it would overtop the levees," says FOX 8 Chief Meteorologist Bob Breck.

If a smaller storms heads this way, and you decide to shelter in place, know what to expect and prepare for it.

"The citizens need to be prepared for a long, possibly long period of time without power," says Col. Sneed.

The city is also preparing for a re-entry plan, if an evacuation is ordered.

They're asking all business owners to sign up for placards. You can get the information at www.nola.gov.

There will be a tier system in place and the placards will allow certain business owners and their employees to come back in a certain tier.

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