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Hurricane Season Officially Underway

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Sunday marks the beginning of what's expected to be a weak hurricane season—but with Sandy still fresh on the minds of New Yorkers, some are still feeling anxious. NY1's Shannon Ferry filed the following report.

Hurricane Sandy's impact can still be seen, and felt, on Staten Island.

That's why, even though forecasters are calling for fewer strong storms this year, many islanders are anxious as hurricane season arrives.

"They're saying—predicting that it's not going to be as bad, but it doesn't matter...all you need is one," says Staten Island resident Gale Lisa.

"We've gone through two seasons now and the neighborhood still looks the same," says another resident, Michael Harben.

2013 was expected to be an active year for hurricanes, but it didn't turn out that way.

"It's one of those storms they say will never happen again. Can you believe that? No. I experienced it offhand" says resident Eddie Beharovic.

This year, meteorologists predict eight to thirteen storms, three to six hurricanes, and one to three major hurricanes.

"We can predict pretty accurately how many storms we are going to see, but still where they're going to be is just a big guess," says NY1 Chief Meteorologist John Davitt.

That means these predicted storms can make landfall anywhere along the East Coast or Gulf Coast.

In Ocean Breeze, residents are hoping they won't experience any more destruction.

"It's two years later and we're still not back in our homes," Beharovic says.

Others plan to take it as it comes.

"I Just want to move on, I want a normal life...I don't want to be worrying about the next storm," Peter Emelock says.

"Trying to carry on with life...trying to get back to some sense of normalcy," says Raymond Weiler.

Experts say the peak of hurricane season is from mid-august to early October, but preparing in advance is still important.

"If there's a storm predicted, where are you going to go? Are you going to stay put or are you gonna go somewhere else? So having a plan ahead of time, I think, it takes a little bit of the stress out," Davitt says.

Hurricane season ends November 30th.

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