By Craig Setzer

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Thursday, June 1st, is the start of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Are you ready?

On Thursday at 1pm, CBS4 Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer is hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, where you can ask him anything about hurricane season, getting prepared or how to survive a storm.

Here’s how you can participate in Craig’s AMA Thursday at 1pm.

It’s expected to be a rough year for hurricanes, at least according to the federal government.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting 11 to 17 tropical storms, with two to four becoming major hurricanes between June 1st and November 30th.

Remember, the first tropical storm of the Atlantic storm season was Arlene, which formed briefly in April and spun itself out.

South Floridians are used to living with the threat of tropical storms and hurricanes and storm complacency is a big concern. We’ve gone years without a direct hit but that nearly came to an end in 2016, when Hurricane Matthew threatened South Florida. Matthew was one of the most powerful October hurricanes on record, becoming a monster Category 5 storm that packed 165 mph winds as it powered over the Lesser Antilles, Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas. After crushing its way through the Caribbean, it paralleled the east coast of Florida before weakening and striking South Carolina as a Category 1 storm.



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