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Possible Record-Breaking Hurricane Season

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Experts say this could be a record-breaking hurricane season -- but more from a lack of activity than an abundance. September 10th marks the traditional peak of the hurricane season -- and the Atlantic hasn't had one yet this year. News 3 spoke with the director of the Chatham Emergency Management Agency today about this unusual season.

A graph of hurricane history shows September 10th is traditionally the peak of the Atlantic storm season....but though we've had a few tropical storms...none have reached hurricane strength so far this year. CEMA Director Clayton Scott says, "This is the absolute apex of it and from here on out it's downhill - that doesn't mean we couldn't have one, but historically September, October, November or the last half of hurricane season has been 55, 56, 57-percent of the storms have occurred during the last half - but this month is the worst month by far." But Scott says the season overall has been much quieter than normal, "For the first half of the year or the first portion of the year - there were a lot of dust storms off the coast of Africa that were for whatever reason, stopping the development of the storms."

But with half of September left, all that effort many of us put into getting ready for hurricane season wasn't in vain. The storms could still come. "We're only halfway through. It's June, July, August and September, October, November. So the advantage to this time of year is the water starts to cool off quickly." Meaning less chance for intense storms to form...but Scott says people who live around here shouldn't get complacent. "Folks that live on the coast know where they're living and they know what the risks are and all you've gotta do is think back as little as one year to realize how bad it could be," says Scott.

Records show 36 of the 64 major hurricanes that struck the United States hit in September. The next busiest month was August, with only 15.

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