|Published:||Jun 01, 2013 11:33 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 01, 2013 11:44 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Saturday marked the official start of hurricane season and forecasters are predicting an above average number of storms. According to NOAA the last time a major hurricane made landfall in Florida was Wilma in 2005.
Wink News spoke to residents and asked them if they feel prepared for the storms ahead.
It's been seven years since a major hurricane made landfall in Florida, but Charles Renyhart with The Home Depot says now is the time to prepare.
"Batteries, flashlights, lanterns, portable radio, and a lot of people ask for charcoal because you need some way of cooking," said Renyhart, "Those items are definitely goning to be in demand. You don't want to wait til the last minute because we might not actually have those items when the storm actually hits, want to be prepared before the storm gets here."
NOAA is predicting up to 20 named storms this season, 11 hurricanes and six major hurricanes (category three or higher).
"Anytime we hear a storm is coming, the first thing we do is fill our tanks with gas. Actually, we have 7 to 8 gas cans that we can fill the generator too. And then if we don't use it or the storm passes then we just fill the tanks of our cars with those gas cans," Renyhart said.
Last year was the third-busiest season on record, with 19 named storms. That included Sandy, which caused more than $50 billion in damage.
But while some head warning and stock up, others say they'll just ride out the storm.
The six-month hurricane season lasts until November 30.
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