Emergency Planners Brush Up Before Hurricane Season

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The hurricane predictions are out. Now emergency planners will meet one last time in case those predictions come true.

State and county officials will gather today in Beaumont to review new evacuation and sheltering plans at the state's hurricane conference.

Yesterday, forecasters with the National Hurricane Center warned that another busy storm season could produce 16 named storms this year, including four to six major hurricanes.

The hurricane season begins June First.

Jefferson County Judge Carl Griffith Junior says he wasn't surprised by the hurricane predictions. His county bore some of the most severe damage from Hurricane Rita last September.

The forecast won't affect the agenda of the three-day conference. Emergency planners have already overhauled their hurricane plans, putting more emphasis on special needs evacuees and keeping gas stations full along evacuation routes.