Hurricane season? Really? FEMA widget can help you prepare.

With tornadoes and floods devastating large swaths of the United States this spring, the last thing the weather-weary want to hear is that we need to be on alert for an overactive hurricane season.

Although Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate said he hopes for the best in a video in a “Blog @ Homeland Security” post, he added that people should prepare now for hurricane season. And a widget from FEMA, which the blog entry encourages readers to download, provides links to information about tropical forecasts, emergency preparations and property insurance.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration called for an above-average hurricane season in its forecast May 19. NOAA predicts more than a dozen named storms, with six to 10 storms becoming hurricanes. The forecast cited the La Nina climate pattern as a factor in the forecast because the oceanic-atmospheric phenomenon tends to reduce helpful wind shear, which can weaken storms before they make landfall.

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