JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The 2013 hurricane season is now just a few days away.
A potential problem could be the amount of money available to keep people safe.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed to First Coast News it lost 7% of its budget due to sequestration budget cuts. That boils down to a loss of $192 million. The cuts also affect the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
To make up for the loss, NOAA said it is instituting a hiring freeze and cutting funding for grant and research programs. Furlough days for all employees are also being issued this summer during the height of hurricane season.
However, NOAA said the furloughs can be cancelled if a storm is expected to make landfall in the U.S. The agency also said they will have accurate staffing at the most critical times.
Still, Florida Governor Rick Scott is concerned.