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This geocolor image from NOAA satellite GOES-16 shows Hurricane Irma, left, and Hurricane Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean on September 7, 2017.

ORLANDO, Fla. - The 2018 hurricane season officially began Friday and Central Florida has already seen a named storm this year, meaning now is the time to get prepared for similar or more intense systems that could come our way.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced last week that it's expecting a near- or above-average Atlantic hurricane season in 2018, meaning there could be up to nine hurricanes this year.

That's why News 6 kicked off the season Friday by hosting its annual all-day hurricane-preparedness phone bank.

Experts from Orlando Health, the Orlando Utilities Commission, Florida Home Improvement Associates, the Orange County Office of Emergency Management, Accurate Power and Technology, Sihle Insurance and ServPro of Winter Park answered questions from viewers who called in during the event. also featured live interviews with the experts. In case you missed them, the full interviews are embedded below.

Visit to start getting prepared for the season now.

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