RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Gov. Pat McCrory Thursday will talk about hurricane preparedness as North Carolina faces the 2013 Atlantic season.

Saturday marks the start of the hurricane season, which continues through Nov. 30.

Federal forecasters are calling for 13 to 20 named Atlantic storms, seven to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and three to six that become major hurricanes. A normal year has 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major storms with winds over 110 mph.

Last year, Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast, although it wasn't a hurricane when it made landfall in New Jersey in October. Sandy caused damage in North Carolina, including closing N.C. Highway 12 along Hatteras Island.

The road reopened in December.

Earlier this month, Sen. Kay Hagan announced the Tar Heel state was getting $12.3 million from the federal government to continue repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy. It's being used to repair/restore refuges, hatcheries and parks and clear trash and hazardous materials.

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