Forecasters are already predicting the 2017 Hurricane Season will be an active one. How bad could it get on the Southcoast?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are expecting the Atlantic hurricane season to be above-normal, with the possibility of nearly 20 named storms.

A recent release from NOAA says we are entering the peak of hurricane season and it appears we will have a very active one here on the Atlantic coast.

In fact, they're saying it'll be the most active since 2010, which featured 12 hurricanes.

Scientists at NOAA say there is a 60% chance of an above-average season, which in the first nine weeks has already produced six named storms (A season average is 12...and peak season is just gearing up).

FEMA officials add that people should be aware of their storm vulnerabilities and start to take precautions now.

Coastal residents are urged to make preparedness plans before the storms start to hit.