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Ocean City Preps For Hurricane Season

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Ocean City officials aren't just preparing for another busy tourist season this summer, they'll also be getting ready for another hurricane season; the early outlook indicates this season could be worse than last year.

Forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA say there is a 70 percent chance the Atlantic could see as many as 20 named storms this season, and quite possibly, between three and six major hurricanes.

A few pivotal climate factors seem to be the big reasons for this harsh forecast as scientists believe warmer than average water temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea will certainly play a role in the development of big storms; as will the absence of El Nino, which actually helps to suppress the formation of hurricanes.

But with the strength and the impact of Hurricane Sandy still etched deeply in people's memories, perhaps the hardest part of getting ready for this hurricane season, might purely be mental.

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