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County Executive Owens Reminds Residents to Take Hurricane Season Seriously - Have a Plan Ready

Annapolis, MD (August 29, 2006) - Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens reminds residents that Tropical Strom Ernesto is heading toward the United States and could affect the area on Friday.

"It’s been a relatively quiet hurricane season so far, and complacency is our biggest obstacle," said County Executive Owens. "Have your hurricane kit ready and don’t forget to include a flashlight and fresh batteries, a battery-operated radio and 3 gallons of water per-person, per-day for a minimum of three days."

For the remainder of the hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting 12 to 15 named storms. Of these storms, 7 to 9 are expected to become hurricanes with three to four intensifying to major hurricanes. This forecast has been slightly lowered from the predictions made in May when NOAA anticipated 13 to 16 named storms, of which eight to 10 of those were expected become hurricanes.

For more information on preparing for a hurricane, go to Ready?Set?Good.

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