Officially hurricane season begins June 1. The last time the first named storm came this late in the season was 1992. Hurricane Andrew made landfall as a ferocious Category 5, which is why experts warn that just because the storms are starting later doesn't mean the season is going to spare us.
"Typically, the latter part of the summer season … that's when we see most of our hurricane activity," Mancuso said. "Bill certainly has room to strengthen … what we have learned from Andrew is that it only takes one storm. Never let your guard down."
"The power of these storms, very dangerous, can cause lots of destruction," he said.
This morning Claudette has moved inland bringing heavy rains to Alabama and further north. As long as it doesn't do damage the rains are welcome. Many areas in the south are well below their seasonal averages and are in desperate need of a good soaking. The Associated Press contributed to this report.