Officials discuss hurricane season at SC expo

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - It's Atlantic hurricane season, and officials along South Carolina's coast are getting ready.

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Horry County are hosting their fifth annual hurricane preparedness conference Monday in Myrtle Beach.

The free event features a number of sessions, including an update on predictions for this year and preparation tips for homeowners.

Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 through the end of November. Forecasters say cooler ocean temperatures in the Pacific and warmer temperatures in the Atlantic increases the risk for the East Coast to be slammed by a hurricane this season.

Nine named storms developed last season. Three became hurricanes, and none came ashore in the U.S.

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