With the devastation of Hurricane Sandy still fresh in our minds, it's important to remember that the impact of tropical storms and hurricanes are not limited to the coastline.
Strong winds, flooding and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm or hurricane makes landfall.
NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is forecasting an active or extremely active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season.
The six-month hurricane season begins June 1st and according to NOAA's outlook there is a 70% likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms with winds of 39 mph or higher; 7 to 11 could become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher; including 3 to 6 major hurricanes with winds 11 mph or higher.
This forecast is well above the 60-year seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
NOAA will issue an updated hurricane outlook for the Atlantic season in early August, just before the historical peak of the season.