Hurricane season is nine days away

(Kaitlin McCulley, WIAT-TV)

[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1369349250&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&pl_id=21958&show_title=1&va_id=4069957&width=620&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=620 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1369349250 type=script]CLANTON, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s the time of year when the chances of wind, waves and rain coming our way are amping up.

We’re about one week away from the start of hurricane season, and state emergency management teams aren’t playing around when it comes to being prepared for more hurricanes this year.

“We’re here today to continue our preparation for the next disaster,” Governor Robert Bentley says. “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.”

When tropical storm Lee struck the gulf coast in 2011, the Birmingham area suffered major rainfall and high winds.

Several cars were submerged, and in some cases, people were trapped inside their homes.

We’re expecting what’s called a near normal hurricane season,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Stefkovich says. “Which means on average, 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes that are a category three or higher.”

Emergency response agencies from across the state are trying to get ahead of the gameto make sure they’re ready not if, but when severe weather strikes this season.

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